Eden Young – Guest Writer
With fifteen powerful artworks on display until August 25th, explore how contemporary Indigenous artists use traditional techniques passed down for generations to express and preserve identity, culture and deep connection to the land. The exhibition is open from 7:30 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
This exhibition honours past and present Indigenous Elders and features artwork from Warlukurlangu Art Centre, the longest-running Aboriginal-owned art centre in Central Australia, supporting the remote community of Yuendumu since 1985.
Also on display is Sydney-based artist Karen Lee Mungarrja, a Wiradjuri (People of the Three Rivers) artist of the Tubba-Gah clan. Through her art practice, Karen explores her Elders’ tangible and spiritual legacy and their lasting contribution to culture. “Aboriginal peoples have walked this country for thousands of years,” says Karen. “I challenge the idea of the ‘past’ as something no longer existing. I believe it remains in our memory and the land. In what we see and what we cannot.”
“Across every generation, our Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families,” says the 2023 National NAIDOC Week theme announcement.
“They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones. “
As part of the For Our Elders exhibition, 1 Denison invites you to ‘Cork & Canvas’, a creative evening with exhibiting artist Karen Lee Mungarrja. Come along and make a special artwork of your own to take home, and learn about Indigenous art symbols from one of Australia’s most notable Indigenous artists.
- What: Cork & Canvas
- When: Wednesday 5th July, 5pm – 6:30pm
- Where: BarLume, 1 Denison, North Sydney
- Karen Lee is also holding Artist Talks on Tuesday the 4th and Thursday the 6th of July.