The show had a successful run in May with an opening reception in Tumut on May 3. Former mayor of Tumut Shire Council, Sue Bulger, gave a beautiful speech about how the artworks in giilanggalang weave...
giilanggalang, Wiradjuri for “many stories,” shares artwork by 20 Aboriginal artists from the Eastern Riverina.
The artists created miniature works that fit inside the drawers of two card catalogue boxes. The works range from weaving and painting to carving and installation. This wide range shows the versatility of contemporary Aboriginal art while celebrating traditional methods.
The exhibition was curated by Melanie Evans and features works by Kath Withers, Gail Manderson, Joycelan Williams, Cheryl Penrith, Melinda Schiller, Georgina O’Neill, Kerrie O’Sullivan, Debbie Wood, Kelly Humphrey, Mark Saddler, David O’Neill, Luke Penrith, Peter Beath, David Collins, Brianah Withers, Lucinda Williams, Lisette Bolton and Amanda Levett.
On the show’s message, Melanie explained,
“This exhibition challenges not only the artists, but the wider audience to expand on how they perceive Aboriginal contemporary art and to move beyond the 'dot' works that flood the commercial Aboriginal Art market. Traditional dot works are only a small section of the many different art forms through which Aboriginal people tell their many stories and share cultural knowledge. Giilanggalang is a very personal look into how various local Wiradjuri and Gaamilaroi artists’ express their identities and pass on knowledge through their cultural arts practice.”
The exhibition is supported by the NSW Government through the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund and is a partnership between Eastern Riverina Arts and Riverina Regional Libraries.