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	Image: Andrew Snelgar

Shield carving talk and demonstration

An insight into the unique Aboriginal culture of south-east Australia

Exploring the use of line by male Koori artists, the exhibition Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors includes shields that are engraved with an array of designs, such as diamonds, zigzags, squares, bands, circles, criss-crosses and the occasional figure, which empower the shield bearer by representing country and identifying both regional and clan affiliations.

The skill and time involved in creating these shields – which are unique to south-east Australia – indicates their cultural importance.

Join Murruwaygu curator Jonathan Jones as he discusses shield carving with contemporary carvers Andrew Snelgar and Simon Penrose, who will demonstrate their practice.

Image: Andrew Snelgar

Wednesday 17 February 2016, 6.30pm

Free

Duration 1 hour
Location: Yiribana Gallery

Related exhibition: Murruwaygu

Related gallery: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gallery