Part of the Following the line symposium
Join us in the Yirbana Gallery for a series of talks in the exhibition Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors.
2pm Professor Joy Murphy Wandin AO
Professor Joy Murphy Wandin AO is a senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin nation in Victoria, and a traditional owner of the Melbourne and Yarra Valley region. Aunty Joy is the great-niece of William Barak. She serves on several boards and has produced a number of cultural works, from performances to publications. Aunty Joy will discuss her great-uncle’s work, exploring the cultural meanings and stories as a direct inheritor of his legacy.
2.30pm Artist talk: Roy Kennedy
Uncle Roy Kennedy was brought up at Police Paddock Mission at Darlington Point, near Griffith, on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Graduating from Eora Centre TAFE (Technical and Further Education) as a master printmaker, Kennedy won the 2009 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize. In his talk Kennedy will discuss his childhood growing up on the mission and reflect on his mum’s mission at Warangesda.
3pm Artist talk: Reko Rennie
Reko Rennie is a Melbourne-based artist from the Kamilaroi nation of north-west New South Wales. Drawing on political and historical Indigenous narratives, Rennie has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has developed a distinctive style by working across mediums to create major artworks. In his talk Rennie will discuss his practice and reflect on the concepts and symbols he routinely employs.
3.30pm Artist talk: Steaphan Paton
Based in Melbourne, Steaphan Paton is a multidisciplinary artist from the Gunai nation of the Gippsland region in eastern Victoria. Paton has exhibited nationally and has worked on a number of projects including Boorun’s Canoe at Museum Victoria, with his late grandfather, Albert Mullett. Paton will talk about the 2013 Cloaked combat series of works and the complexities of colonisation.
Image: Reko Rennie No sleep till Dreamtime 2014 (detail) © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects