28 October 2023 – 11 February 2024
Miwatj Yolŋu – Sunrise People explores storytelling, ecology and materiality in the works of Yolŋu artists from the Yirrkala Community in East Arnhem Land. Like the Shoalhaven, Yirrkala is a place where fresh and saltwater meet, and its lands and waterways inform diverse creative practices.
Art Museum | Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Ms N Marawili
The Mulka Project:
Ruby Djikarra Alderton
Miwatj Yolŋu translates to ‘sunrise people’ in Yolŋu Matha (Yolŋu tongue). Geographically, Miwatj refers to the furthest north-eastern part of Arnhem Land that receives the morning sun, as it rises in the east.
Yolŋu artists enact cultural traditions through the expression of both sacred and secular narratives. The use of materials from local lands is an important part of this practice, encompassing natural ochres, ṉuwayak (bark painting) and larrakitj (memorial poles). Some artists in this exhibition have pioneered the use of reclaimed materials, such as repurposed dance boards, toner inks from used printer cartridges and signage salvaged from nearby bauxite (aluminium) mining operations. Others employ audio-visual technology in the documentation of ceremony, cultural history and the creation of new media artworks.
Presenting both senior and emerging artists from across the Yirrkala region, Miwatj Yolŋu highlights the centrality of weather patterns and ecological systems within Yolŋu culture. It brings together works from the Buku-Larrŋggay Mulka Centre, the Mulka Project digital archive, and public and private collections from across Australia, sharing interwoven stories of land, water and sky.
Buŋgul WorkshopSunday 5 November | Learn traditional Yolŋu dance techniques and cultural dances Read More
Walking BundanonSunday 5 November | Join First Nations Custodians Gadhungal Marring for a cultural walk Read More
Poetry ReadingSunday 3 December | Join award-winning Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic Jeanine Leane Read More
Nici CumpstonSunday 3 December | Hear from Artistic Director of Tarnanthi & AGSA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Read More
Myles Russell-CookSaturday 13 January | Hear from Senior Curator of Australian and First Nations Art at the National Gallery of Victoria Read More
Poetry ReadingSaturday 13 January | Join Western Australian Aboriginal poet, artist and acclaimed author Charmaine Papertalk Green Read More
Discover Miwatj Yolŋu – Sunrise People’s curated program of talks, workshops and performances. Engage with First Nations artists and leaders in the cultural sector.
Miwatj Yolŋu – Sunrise People is presented in collaboration with Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre, The Mulka Project, and Sydney Festival.