Emerging from the rainforest canopy, and a culture spanning countless generations, is a new and exciting brand of Aboriginal Art. Artists working with the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre in Cardwell, Far North Queensland are creating sculptural, woven and two-dimensional works that reflect their environment, their culture and their heritage in an exhibition that is a WA first.
A continuing close connection to place and honouring of indigenous law and culture provides inspiration for these artists who embrace both traditional and contemporary concepts – transforming traditions with a new and vibrant approach.
Based on the traditional fire making implements, creation stories and the environment of the Girringun rainforest region, the artists have created artworks to evoke the spirit of the old people and comment on contemporary living.
Girringun Bulidalu opens at Merenda Gallery, on High Street in Fremantle’s West End, on Thursday 8th of December.
Mindi Basket weaving Classes
The small mindi baskets made by the rainforest Aboriginal people were important tools for everyday living and for ceremonies. They were also used to transport message sticks and other objects. Woven from grass the baskets are simply made but elegant in form. Respected artists Theresa Beeron and Grace Reid will demonstrate the weaving process. Take this rare opportunity to learn how to weave a Mindi baskets. Theresa and Grace will be in the Worlds Village on Saturday 10th December between 10.30 and 12.30am showing small groups of people (anyone age 10 and up) how to make these beautiful traditional baskets. Come and take part (note: places are limited!) or watch these baskets take shape.