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Lorraine Connelly-Northey

A person with long wavy hair stands outdoors among grass and trees next to large wire and metal structures

Lorraine Connelly-Northey, photo: Michael Stewart

Narrbong-galang (many bags)

Working with rusted and salvaged metals, Waradgerie artist Lorraine Connelly-Northey has created a collection of narrbong-galang (many bags) on an epic scale. These significant forms, which recontextualise rural materials, reveal an important cultural practice of south-east Australia.

Commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the Sydney Modern Project, they are prominently displayed in the 20-metre-long window of the Yiribana Gallery, showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art on the new building’s entrance level, and visible to the public both day and night.

On display:
North Building, lower level 1, in Yiribana Gallery

Ten metal bag-like objects in different sizes, mounted on a wall

Installation view of Lorraine Connelly-Northey Narrbong-galang (many bags) 2022 in the Yiribana Gallery © Lorraine Connelly-Northey, photo: Zan Wimberley

Three metal bag-like objects in different sizes, mounted on a wall

Installation view of Lorraine Connelly-Northey Narrbong-galang (many bags) 2022 in the Yiribana Gallery © Lorraine Connelly-Northey

Three metal bag-like objects in different sizes, mounted on a wall

Installation view of Lorraine Connelly-Northey Narrbong-galang (many bags) 2022 in the Yiribana Gallery © Lorraine Connelly-Northey