Aboriginal Artists Reference Group EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Arts North West support the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to celebrate and practice their cultures, to fulfil creative aspiration and govern their cultural material and stories associated with cultural objects and cultural knowledge. Furthermore, we recognise and respect that Aboriginal people have a right to self-determination particularly in respect to cultural matters this includes making decisions about preserving and sharing their traditional and contemporary cultural knowledge and practices. This right gives Aboriginal people the ability to have fulfillment in their own cultural aspirations, with Arts North West assisting as the vehicle to help drive and achieve these aspirations.

Arts North West, through the Aboriginal Cultural Support Program provide a dedicated, cohesive, and regionally-based support for Aboriginal arts and cultural development in the NENW which will allow our community greater access to opportunities to strengthen their culture through their arts practice, projects and career development.

Arts North West are fostering self-determination by establishing an Aboriginal Reference Committee to help drive the direction of the Aboriginal Cultural Support Program and related projects and will support Arts North West and particularly the Aboriginal Arts Officer with cultural guidance and decision making, strategic planning, advice and feedback. The Aboriginal Reference Committee will be committed to assisting to achieve the aspirations of the community and will be dedicated to developing respectful and sustainable relationships based on trust and respect for our cultural values and our histories.

The Aboriginal Reference Committee will be made up of 2 Aboriginal volunteer representatives from each of the contributing LGA’s in our region. It is anticipated that the committee will meet up to 4 times per year in various locations throughout the region.

The first meeting will be held in Inverell on April 2nd & 3rd (TBC), applicants need to be able to commit to attending and contributing to the inaugural meeting.

For more information please contact Pene Riggs on 0267254023 or email pene@2rivers.com.au.

To register an EOI please go to http://www.artsnw.com.au/acsp. EOI’s close on 28th February 2019

Rivers to Ridges Project Reaches its Final Destination at Tamworth Regional Gallery

Arts North West is working alongside Tamworth Regional Gallery this week to install their much-anticipated Rivers to Ridges and the Stories In between exhibition. This the final stage of the two-year project funded by the Federal Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts Program.

Through the lens of filmmakers Brendon Blacklock (Blacklock Media) and Tim Leha, (The Kainga Project) the Rivers to Ridges project has travelled to the far corners of the New England North West region to gather and documents the stories of Elders and local Aboriginal history.

The stories of twenty Elders have inspired a new body of work from four New England North West Aboriginal artists. Loren Ryan (Tamworth), Ronella (Dolly) Jerome (Tenterfield), Jade Porter (Moree) and Anthony (Jack) Conlon (Gunnedah) have used a variety of mediums including virtual reality, song and sculpture to share these stories with the broader Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community. These works will be exhibited alongside the recorded Elders stories in the gallery space.

Lorrayne Riggs, Project Manager said “this is the first time that we know of where the stories recorded will be focused on the unique cultural value of our region. Too often Aboriginal culture from NSW is not valued as highly as in our neighbouring states. By translating and sharing the stories from our region we can show the world that Aboriginal culture is alive, important and highly valued in the New England of NSW.

Rivers to Ridges and the Stories In between exhibition will be officially opened at the Tamworth Regional Gallery on Friday the 8th of February at 6pm by Gomeroi man Peter White with a ceremony by Len Waters.

Rivers to Ridges and the Stories in Between Exhibition Opening

Rivers to Ridges and the stories in between documents the stories of 20 Elders, 4 artists and the Aboriginal history of our region in multimedia format.

Feature artists have used the stories to inspire new works in a variety of mediums including virtual reality, song and sculpture in order to share the stories with the broader Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community.

This project is part of the Arts North West Aboriginal Cultural Support Program. This program supports and delivers projects that embed the knowledge and stories of our area, enabling our communities to reconnect and rediscover the unique cultural identity of the New England North West.

Artists include:
Loren Ryan (Tamworth)
Ronella (Dolly) Jerome (Tenterfield)
Jade Porter (Moree)
Anthony (Jack) Conlon (Gunnedah)
Videographers Brendan Blacklock (Blacklock Media) & Tim Leha (The Kainga Project).

The exhibition will be opened by Gomeroi man Peter White with a ceremony by Len Waters