Waralungku News

Waralungku Arts warmly invites you to the launch of the Gulf Country Songbook at the Borroloola School, 10am Wednesday 9th November 2015.

This month the Borroloola Community Arts Markets will be held at the Museum alongside a Movie Night. There will be  arts, crafts, healthy foods and drinks and a BBQ to fundraise for the football club.  5pm - 9.30pm

The Hermits of Borroloola will be screened at sundown!   

The markets have started up again for the 2014 season. The first market is Saturday 26 April 9am-1pm at the Art Centre.  Stalls include

Waralungku Arts have completed Stage 1 of its Art Centre Revitalisation Project. With the generous support of Mabunji ARAI we were able to repaint the gallery interior and kitchen as well as the verandah. Special thanks to Liam Maza for his hard work leading the project and Sharon Keighran for her work as Liam's offsider.  The next stage will involve a public art project to repaint and decorate external areas to showcase artists work and make the space more appealing and attractive to locals and tourists alike.   

The community markets will be held at the art centre on the 28th September, this will be our first of our monthly markets, there will be traditional dancing, food stalls selling healthy food, arts, nail art, plants, kids activities and many more so come along and enjoy!

The Waralungku Art Centre is so busy this week preparing for the art fair in darwin.

The artists are busy making clapsticks and necklaces, weaving baskets and also screen printing shirts, tea towels and calico bags.

The Telstra Awards is also on this month and two of our artists, Violet Hammer and Stewart Hoosan have been nominated.

The ladies here at the art centre will be so busy attending events in the next few months,so we will keep you up to date on what's happening and where.

 

Waralungku Art Centre Liaison Officer Miriam Charlie was selected as runner up in the Aboriginal Arts Worker Photography Competition coordinated by Indigenous Arts Peak Body DesArt, in Alice Springs. She was competing against other artists from across the Gulf, Barkly Tablelands, Central Desert (NT and SA) and Western Australia.

Her photographs are included in an exhibition opening on 12th February at Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne.

The Waralungku Art Centre is now open for business, opening times are from 8am to 4pm.

 

This week waralungku staff and artists will be attending the ANKAAA agm which will be held at mount bundy, located  100kms  south of darwin.

ANKAAA is the  Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists which is a support agency for Aboriginal artists and art centres in the darwin/katherine, tiwi islands and the kimberley regions.

The receiving and hanging of  the N.T. coat of arms painting, will take place on wednesday 14th of november at the Borroloola court house. The ceremony will take place at 9:30 am, along with morning tea.   The painting was done by local artist, Gret Mingundoo.    

The National Indigenous Music Awards was held in Darwin on the 12th of august.

The awards featured artists from around Australia performing their best.

The Song People Session won traditional music award of the year, featuring Shelley Morris and  the yanuwa women and Warren H Williams and the waramungu men.

If your interested in listening to music from our local artists, go to www.soundcloud.com/waralungku/tracks

Waralungku Arts will have a stall at the Darwin Art Fair which will be held on the 10th, 11th and 12th of august.

The Darwin Art Fair was established in 2007 and is now growing with art centres from across the territory participating in holding stalls with art works from their community.

The art fair is held during the Darwin Festival which the yanuwa song women from Borroloola will also be attending, to perform with NT singer song writer Shelley Morris.

On Thursday 28th June a CD of traditional Yanuwa  songs recently recorded with a contemporay flavour will be released. The songs were recorded as part of the Song people sessions that were held in Borroloola over several blocks through 2011. To hear a song from this CD go to www.soundcloud.com/waralungku/tracks and click on Li-Anthawirriyarra. Other songs will be soon uploaded to soundcloud. This project involved Shellie Morris an NT based contemporay singer/musician whose grandmother was taken away from her Yanuwa family.

 This week our local artists from the borroloola region are attending The Barkly Artist Camp.

About seven of our local artists will be attending the camp for a week, along with their artefacts.

The Barkly Artist Camp gives artists within the barkly region the opportunity to share knowledge and skills which they can develop in their local art centres and also networking within the  region.

Local Borroloola band the Sandridge band has released their new CD called Brolga Dreaming. This was produced with the help of Winanjjikari Music Centre and barkly regional Arts in Tennant Creek. It features new songs such as Aeroplane Dance which tells the story of an event that happened in WW II when an american plane crashed in the Gulf country near Moonlight Creek in Qld.  This story has been told to the band by their grandfathers and is also a traditonal dance done by the community. The Sandridge band is a group of young Yanuwa and Garrawa men.

A exhibition by Waralungku women artists will run from 16th - 30th March at Nomad Art Gallery in Parap Darwin and their Canberra gallery also. This exhibition will feature new works of ceramics, screen prints and paintings. Waralungku artsists have a unique style that depicts both the life and the history of the community, as well as the distinctive beauty of the surrounding landscape. A landscape of rocky hills, cattle grazed scrub, billabongs and wide horizones.

Works from Borroloola have been described as a impressive show  of quality and original artworks. Genuine non trendy art by gallery owner Rebecca Hossack. Some work from this exhibition will, be purchased by London Museum.

Atsworkers Peter Callinamn, Madeline Dirdi and artists Stewart Hoosan and Nancy McDinny traveled to London for the Opening.

The trip to London was supported by the McArthur River Mine Community Benefit Trust, Arts NT, MAWA and Aus Trade Support Scheme

Seven ladies from th remote community of Borroloola NT will be travelling to Sydney for the Deadley Awards with Shellie Morris.

They will be performing contempory songs in the Yanyuwa Language that will be release on Cd's late October