WESTERN PLAINS CULTURAL CENTRE

7 APRIL - 15 JULY 2012


DHAGA NGIYANHI NGAN.GIRRA / WHERE WE ALL MEET

DHAGA NGIYANHI NGAN.GIRRA / WHERE WE ALL MEET uses Dubbo and in particular the site of the Western Plains Cultural Centre, the former Wingewarra Swamp, as an historical meeting point for local Dubbo-ga (Aboriginal) Clans. The exhibition will present significant aspects of Wiradjuri culture through the artists’ use of traditional materials and techniques - body painting, weaving, pokerwork, language, stories etc, as well as traditional materials - possum skins, native grasses, feathers and kangaroo hides. These skills which have been passed down from one generation to the next are utilised by the artists and ensures the development and continuation of local cultural practices.

The exhibition comprises works by Lynette Riley of kangaroo-skins incised with Wiradjuri symbols that represent Totems – Nations, Clans, Family and individual representations across Country, using pokerwork. Diane Riley-McNaboe, presents intricately woven head-dresses and belts, rendered using local native grasses and the feathers of native birds, revealing hitherto unseen techniques of traditional dress It is significant that this, their first exhibition is held in their home community.

 

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