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