Black and White Photography Club meeting
Our August theme is something the vast majority of us are familiar with, ’Coffee and Cake’. Our new Aboriginal Creative Producer, Lloyd Hornsby will be in attendance along with our Aboriginal Program Coordinator, Bevan Quinlin. Please join us on Wednesday, 10th August, 2016 at 2pm for afternoon tea and discussions. For photo submission, please go to our facebook page and comment with your own photo submissions.
Exhibition: Stories from No Man’s Land
The first exhibition is a body of work by Alison Williams. Alison has practiced art and taught for many years in the Clarence & Coffs regions and has won several art awards including the 2013 Coffs City Council NAIDOC community arts and culture award and the 2007 inaugural Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Prize with her painting Black Cowries Old Medicine.
This exhibition entitled, Stories from No Man’s Land are formative works from 2008 to 2015 which reflect ideas about identity and spirit. Alison’s ancestry as a Gumbaynggirr woman provides a centre of strength, from which she reaches beyond culture to raise awareness of truth and existence. Stories from No Man’s Land draws back the veils of dreams, revealing a journey of spirit inspired by travels through the physical world to Europe, Canada and at home in Corindi Beach on the North Coast of New South Wales.
Intrinsically important to Alison’s artistic journey was the journey made possible through being awarded the NSW Indigenous Art Fellowship in 2008, allowing her to travel overseas to Europe’s most famous galleries, absorbing culture from another place and time. The fellowship more importantly enabled Alison to complete a project of international scope, exhibiting with French Canadian artist and adjudicator, Marcel Debreuil and Canadian Aboriginal sculptor Irvin Head. The trio presented The Art of Dreaming, which revealed a delicate primitive thread that binds all living things.
Stories from No Man’s Land documents an exploration of self though story and dreams. The exhibition shares with the viewer a privileged view of inner thoughts and realms committed to canvas and paper. Memories of experience overseas and glimpses of Alison’s world both real and imagined appear throughout the work with stories of her lifetime and developments made over the last eight years.
The second exhibition called Jalumbo is a collection from Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre which is situated on red rock road, Corindi Beach, approximately 30 kms north of Coffs Harbour. This northern coastal lowlands is of Gumbaynggirr nation.
Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre’s gallery called the Wadjar Gallery opened in 1996 and is supported by Arts NSW, Industry & Investment NSW, Museums & Galleries NSW, Regional Arts and other funding bodies. The Gallery aims to be a centre of excellence in Aboriginal visual arts for the residents of and visitors to the mid North coast and Northern Rivers region to promote access to and the understanding and development of the Gumbaynggirr culture and coastal Aboriginal visual arts.
Wadjar Gallery houses the Jalumbo collection. Jalumbo meaning “Long time ago” is a collection of cultural material ranging from oral history recordings, photographs, archives and historical items of significance for the Gumbaynggirr people.
Exhibition: Looking back 10 years to 2006
The third exhibition, Looking back 10 years to 2006 is a series of press releases, documenting important events that took place at the ACCKP in 2006. This retrospective exhibition illustrates the role of the ACCKP in providing a cultural awareness and cross-cultural learning facility throughout the New England region and restoring and keeping Aboriginal culture and heritage. Looking back 10 years to 2006 was curated by new Program Coordinator, Bevan Quinlin.