23 September - 9 December 2022
‘We want you to come with us on our journey, our journey of songspirals. Songspirals are the essence of people in this land, the essence of every clan. We belong to the land and it belongs to us. We sing to the land, sing about the land. We are that land. It sings to us’.
Gay’wu Group of Women, 2019
The exhibition generously tells some of the story of songspirals and how they are lived through manikay, ceremonial song including milkarri (keening); painting; weaving; and in everyday life.
A number of works have been created to accompany the curated exhibition of prints from private collections and the University Art Collection, barks, weaving, larrakitj, sound-scapes, and audio-visual material from Yirrkala, with the exhibition sharing aspects of 5 Dhuwa and Yirritja Songspirals.
Please join us for the launch of SONGSPIRALS
Wednesday, 28 September at 5pm at the University Gallery, Callaghan
This exhibition has been supported by Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Elizabeth Weiss, Allen & Unwin, Australian Research Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Geography and Environmental Studies, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, School of Social Sciences, Wallamattagal Campus, Macquarie University.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.