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Painted Stories - TARNANTHI


Supported by Tarnanthi: Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP and with support of the Government of South Australia.

Painted Stories: Linking Country, art and culture for language revival

Exhibition dates October 11 - November 17 2019

Exhibition opening Saturday October 19 at 4pm

Guest Opening Speaker Nici Cumpston Artistic Director Tarnanthi

Meet the Artists Sunday October 20 at 11am

Painted Stories Workshop Sunday October 20 see details below

Painted Stories shows how artists and Elders are using their paintings, artwork and songs to pass on their knowledge of language and country to younger generations. The exhibition showcases the artworks, stories and films recorded by Aurukun and Pormpuraaw artists as part of an ongoing project from Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, to support language revival and maintenance through artistic practice. Painted Stories highlights the role of art in the creative transmission of linguistic and cultural knowledge and tells the story of the project from 2012–2019. Combining methods from art therapy and language documentation the project aims to reconnect links between community, country and languages in First Nation language revival work and supports the languages Wik-Mungkan, Wik-Ngathan, Wik-Alken, Kugu Uwanh, Kugu Mu'inh and Kugu Muminh.

With Gina Allain as curator and Louise Ashmore as co-curator and Linguist.

Lois Toikalkin and Jean Walmbeng, Language and Art Camp, Blue Lagoon (2013)

Lois Toikalkin and Jean Walmbeng, Language and Art Camp, Blue Lagoon (2013)

Janet Koongotema  Painted Stories  2018 (Photo: LA)

Janet Koongotema Painted Stories 2018 (Photo: LA)

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Pama Language Centre works with First Nations Language Champions of Cape York Peninsula to record, revive, revitalise and maintain our ancestral languages. Pama Language Centre is an initiative of the Cape York Institute. We are auspiced by Cape York Partnership and supported by grants from the Department of Communications and the Arts.

Pama Language Centre works with First Nations Language Champions of Cape York Peninsula to record, revive, revitalise and maintain our ancestral languages. Pama Language Centre is an initiative of the Cape York Institute. We are auspiced by Cape York Partnership and supported by grants from the Department of Communications and the Arts.

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Painted Stories Workshop at Hahndorf Academy

Sunday October 20 at 12.30pm – 3.00pm

The visiting Aurukun Artists, Art Therapist and Linguist from the Painted Stories exhibition will facilitate a Painted Stories workshop at Hahndorf Academy.

The artists will demonstrate their artwork and mentor participants to work with canvas and paints to create their own personal Painted Story and to share their recollections about country, language and sense of place. Participants will have access to recording equipment and techniques to document their paintings and record their accompanying stories.

$80pp bookings with Hahndorf Academy

Art Materials and recording equipment included.

Refreshments provided

Earlier Event: 18 September
Ed Douglas: On My Father's Drawing Board
Later Event: 19 October
ROBYN STACEY: RAY OF LIGHT