31 January 2019 - 25 March 2019


The Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre has started the year with a string of activities. Besides the Friends’ of the ACCKP morning tea and the week-long Holiday Program, the Centre is opening three new exhibitions on Thursday, 31st January at 6pm.
 
The first exhibition entitled The Values of Water is by Albert (Digby) Moran, a very well established Aboriginal artist from the Northern Rivers region. Digby was born in Ballina and raised on Cabbage Tree Island. His father was Dungutti and his mother Bundjalung. He is a highly respected member of the Lismore-Ballina community. Digby enjoys enormous respect throughout the Northern Rivers region from artists as well as the wider community.  Digby has had several solo exhibitions in European cities such as Vienna, Osterwald, Byggriet and Berlin. He has exhibited locally in Sydney, Canberra, Darwin, Brisbane, Lismore, Byron Bay and in other regional galleries across the state. Digby has won numerous awards including the 2000 Peoples’ Choice Award at the National Aboriginal and Islander Telstra Art Awards. He is no stranger to Armidale as he has had a few exhibitions here over the years.
 
The second exhibition is a collection of Australian Aboriginal fish traps from the Yarrawarrah Cultural Centre and Keeping Place. The Yarrawarrah Cultural Centre is located on the mid north coast near Coffs Harbour. The traps are designed to catch fish in coastal areas. The Gumbaynggirr people have always depended on the ocean (gaagul) for food and other resources. Traditional knowledge, which is still in use today, has been passed down through generations about how to catch different fish, when to catch them, and which type of bait to use. Fish were and are still caught using nets, spears or by fishing at night in the ancient stone fish traps. This exhibition does not only include fish traps but information on this age old practice.
 
The third exhibition is a collection of photographs from the local community called Toiling Around Wollomombi. Aboriginal people have been connected to the Wollomombi area for thousands of years.  Following the arrival of Europeans, local Aboriginal families continued this connection through their valuable work on stations. Their involvement was captured on camera and some are featured in this photographic exhibition. A number of the men were known around the region as excellent horsemen and some signed up to serve in the war. Women helped in the station houses, assisted with the children as well as caring for their own families. The relationships formed through living and working around Wollomombi, were also enjoyed in a variety of settings, particularly in the areas of sport and other social gatherings. This exhibition shows Aboriginal people’s involvement in the area.
 
These three new exhibitions will be on display until the 25th March. The Aboriginal and wider communities are invited to attend the opening on Thursday 31st January at 6pm. 

Workshops

Art and cultural workshops are available for groups of 15 or more people at only $3.30 per person per hour. Advance booking is essential. Activities for all ages are available.

 

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