Pilbara Strike Project: The Strelley Mob & N’yettin-ngal Wagur - Yeye Wongie [Ancestors breath - Today talk]

John Curtin Gallery 10 May - 7 Jul 2024

About the Exhibitions

Two new exhibitions explore themes of truth-telling and resistance.

Pilbara Strike Project: The Strelley Mob
Animation and historical archive immerses us in Pilbara history and language.

N'yettin-ngal Wagur - Yeye Wongie [Ancestors breath - Today talk] (Guest Curator: Zali Morgan]
Four new commissions by early-career Noongar artists responding to The Carrolup Collection.

This exhibition will be on display at the John Curtin Gallery 10 May - 7 July 2024

Opening Event: Thursday 9 May 2024
Exhibition: 10 May – 7 July 2024
Supported By: Lotterywest

Pilbara Strike Project: The Strelley Mob

The Strelley Mob are the descendants of the Pilbara pastoral workers who went on strike in 1946 and went on to run their own mines and stations. The stories of the Strelley Mob – of hunting, pearl shell gathering, mining and organising themselves against a hostile government – were written and illustrated by elders for their children when they opened their own school. These original story books are jewels of Pilbara history, artefacts of a creative community making their own art and literature after generations of struggle. Their drawings, including some the first known art by Nyapuru William (Billy) Gardiner, are here newly animated and projected alongside paintings and artefacts that bring the history of the Strelley Mob to life.

Project Sponsors: Nomads Charitable and Educational Foundation, The Australian Research Council, DLGSC Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre and the School of Design, University of Western Australia

N’yettin-ngal Wagur – Yeye Wongie [Ancestors breath – Today talk]

Curated by emerging Noongar Curator, Zali Morgan (Whadjuk, Ballardong, Wilman peoples), N’yettin-ngal Wagur – Yeye Wongie [Ancestors breath – Today talk] features newly commissioned works by Amanda Bell, Lea Taylor, Brett Nannup, and Tyrown Waigana, in response to The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork.

The Carrolup Collection will provide a starting point for these early career artists to develop their own artistic responses, exploring non-linear and abstracted pathways, connecting emerging themes and issues to their own personal histories.

Supported By: Lotterywest, Wesfarmers Arts

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