SharingStories’ Exhibition Program commenced at Nishi Gallery in Canberra 2015. ‘A Song for Country’ presented Liya-dhälinymirr Djambarrpuyŋu cultural custodian Ṉäkarrma Guyula’s comprehensive cultural catalogue which accompanied Liz Thompson’s photography of various Yolngu ceremonies. The exhibition was part of the Canberra Multicultural Fringe Festival and showed in conjunction with a series of short films produced by participants of SharingStories Digital Storytelling programs which screened at the Canberra Museum & Gallery. With thanks the the Australia India Council, ‘A Song for Country’ also exhibited at Kriti Gallery and Benares Hindu University in Varanasi, India in April 2016, alongside animations and media created by local young people andBenares Hindu University media students.

Ṉäkarrma Mark Guyula and Liz Thompson at the opening of ‘A Song for Country’.

‘A Song for Country’ at Nishi Gallery, Canberra.

Opening night at Nishi Gallery, Canberra.

SharingStories is currently raising support for a touring exhibition in 2019. The exhibition will celebrate contemporary interpretations of Indigenous connection to Country and culture and highlight media produced by communities from across the continent as part of SharingStories Digital Storytelling, Cultural Mapping and Language Programs. Senior Cultural Custodians from participating communities along with SharingStories staff and participating galleries will co-curate the exhibition which will be accompanied by an online environment and teacher support material. Manly Art Gallery and Museum,Tjulyuru Regional Arts Centre, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, ACMI have all expressed interest in hosting in 2019.

The staff at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum are deeply appreciative of the quality of the artistic and cultural endeavour in SharingStories’ work with Indigenous communities. The exhibition at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum will showcase this valuable body of work and provide an important opportunity for deepening knowledge of Indigenous cultural heritage through contemporary creative and artistic interpretations. We are delighted to be sharing this information with our visitors and anticipate that the show will enhance the standing of Indigenous and Australian artists, facilitators, and producers of digital media.”

 

Katherine Roberts. Senior Curator Manly, Gallery and Museum. 

 

The story of the Mukarr (giant Green Sea Turtle) Hunters shared in this exhibition is an entire value rich curriculum. We can do so much with it, there is language, there is geography, there is maths, there is science, there is economy. It teaches us how to behave properly, how to live together respectfully. It holds a system of land ownership and governance.

 

Culture is rapidly being lost as the Elders are passing away, our priority is to teach our young people but through this exhibition I also want to teach balanda (white fellas). I hope this will nurture a greater understanding of the value and importance of Yolṉu culture and traditions, and the culture and traditions of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, and we can work together to ensure they are held for the future.”

 – Ṉäkarrma Guyula at Nishi Gallery