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Knowledge and Culture

Buku-Manapanmirr “Meeting Together and Sharing Yolngu Knowledge and Culture”

A celebration of cultural sharing through traditional and contemporary
interpretations of ‘Raark’ painting, carving and weaving, by the artists
of Milingimbi arts centre in Arnhem Land.
exhibition dates: 1 July ~ 6 August 2011
exhibition opening:
Friday 8 July 2011, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Bunggul Ceremonial Dance Celebration:
Saturday 9 July 2011, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue:  Woolloongabba Art Gallery, 613 Stanley St, Woolloongabba
During NAIDOC Week (1st July – 6th August, 2011) 16 artists from Milingimbi, NE
Arnhem Land, will travel to Brisbane where they will perform bunggul (ceremonial
dance) and manikay (song) at the Opening Ceremony of their exhibition at
Woolloongabba Art Gallery. The 16 artists and dancers are very excited about
introducing their cultural practices to Brisbane, and will mark the occasion with a
ceremonial presentation, a gift of a morning star pole to the people of Brisbane.
This is to be accepted on behalf of the people of Brisbane by the Queensland Art
Gallery at the opening event.
The artists range in age from 8 – 68, including Senior Law Men, songmen, yidaki
(didgeridoo) players and dancers, many of whom have never before visited a big city
before.
Yurrwie Island (Milingimbi) is part of the Crocodile Island Group, a small cluster
of islands 550km East of Darwin and 350km West of Nhulunbuy and facing the Timor and
Arafura Seas, accessible only by air and sea. This small remote community is
virtually unknown to the mainstream world – yet it is precisely this audience
that the Milingimbi Art and Culture Centre needs to capture in order to raise
awareness and succeed as a growing and sustainable Yolngu owned enterprise.
Through QCA Enterprise, the artists are running three 3-day workshops at the
Queensland College of Art (QCA) Southbank campus.
Workshops will focus on Weaving (women only), Didgeridoo Making (men only), and Bark
Painting.
The workshop days and times are
Sunday 10th JULY 10.00am  -  4.00pm
Monday 11th JULY 10.00am  - 4.00pm
Tuesday 12th JULY 10.00am – 4.00pm
Places are limited, to enquire or book a place, contact QCA Enterprises: Donna
Hamilton on (07) 3735 3105 or email to d.hamilton@griffith.edu.au
ARTISTS:
MARGARET RARRU, HELEN GANALMIRRIWUY, LORIE BAYAMARRWANGA, ROSEMARY JINMAULIYA, EMMA
GUNDURRUBUY, DORA MANBANGARR, TERRENCE MANDA, FRANK GAMBALI, GEORGE MILAYPUMA,
RAYMOND BULAMBULA, WILSON MANDJARRI, ALFRED WALPAY, JENNIFER DIKAR, LILLY ROY, JOHN
DAMARRWURA, JOE DHAMANYDJI, SUSAN YIRRAWURR, JONATHON GUWANGA, DAMIEN DJEKARRA, JACK
ROY, DAVID ROY, JOHNNY WURA, BOBBY DHALMURAWU.
Please direct your enquiries to:
Cassandra Lehman-Schultz
Gallery Manager
Woolloongabba Art Gallery
613 Stanley St
Woolloongabba Qld 4102

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