Koskela has teamed with fibre artists from six art centres across the country to translate traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander weaving practices into the creation of handmade light shades. Using techniques passed from generation to generation, the artists produce fibre from tjanpi (grass), sedge grass, kurrajong bark or pandanus leaves, then dye, weave, coil, knot or bind the material to create traditional shapes and new forms. Physically and conceptually, the light shades illuminate contemporary weaving practices and the cultures in which they thrive. The title Ngalya is the word for ‘both’ in the Dharug language from the Sydney region.
Bula’Bula Arts: Daphne Banyawarra, Joy Burruna, Mary Dhapalany, Julie Djulibing, Margaret Malibirr, Evonne Munuyngu, Selina Rawurruwuy. Durrmu Arts: Kathleen Korda, Clara Kundu, Denese Kundu, Freda Kundu, Margaret Kundu, Anastasia Naiya Wilson, Annunciata Nunuk Wilson, Regina Pilawuk Wilson. Milingimbi Art and Culture: Susan Balbunga, Mandy Batjula, Marcia Biyayngu, Jennifer Dikarr, Margaret Gamuti, Helen Ganalmirriwuy, Helen Milminydjarrk, Ruth Nalmakarra, Loretta Ngalambana, Sabrina Roy, Debbie Wuduwawuy, Zelda Wurigir. Moa Arts: Fiona Elisala, Louise Manas, Josie Nawia, Danie Savage, Paula Savage, Flora Warria. Ngarrindjeri Cultural Weavers: Aunty Noreen Kartinyeri, Bessie Rigney, Aunty Ellen Trevorrow. Tjanpi Desert Weavers: Julie Anderson, Cynthia Burke, Judith Yinyika Chambers, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding, Margaret Heffernan, Nancy Nanana Jackson, Deandra James, Margaret Smith, Tjunkaya Tapaya
Opening event and artist talk
Sat 19 Oct, 2pm
Wheelchair accessible, accessible toilets