Art cen­tre opens doors to all

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Peter de Krui­jff

It’s been years in the making, but Roe­bourne’s cul­tural cen­tre is start­ing to beat as the heart of the town’s arts.

Sec­tions of the Ngurin Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Cen­tre have popped up in stages, start­ing with an am­phithe­atre in 2013, fol­lowed by a cen­tral build­ing last year.

Since mid-Au­gust Ngurin, named af­ter the Ngar­luma name for the Hard­ing River which the fa­cil­ity over­looks, has been home to cre­ative com­pany Big hART which has been hold­ing film­mak­ing work­shops af­ter school for the town’s young peo­ple, who have been learn­ing to write, direct and pro­duce films.

Oc­to­ber saw the start of weekly mu­sic jam ses­sions on Wed­nes­day nights, as well as gui­tar lessons and mu­sic record­ing ses­sions to pro­vide a space for the town’s mu­si­cians of all skill lev­els.

Af­ter school dance work­shops have been held, and the cen­tre has been used for grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies and other func­tions.

The Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion, which owns the fa­cil­ity, wants lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity mem­bers to col­lab­o­rate in the space.

NYFL board of direc­tors com­mu­nity mem­ber Michelle Adams said the pur­pose of the com­plex was to foster com­mu­nity arts im­mersed in cul­ture.

“It’s an ed­u­ca­tional space where peo­ple come to learn, and it’s also a space for fes­ti­vals, invit­ing lo­cal and con­tem­po­rary per­form­ers, a space for ev­ery­one,” she said.

“In build­ing the cen­tre, NYFL has cre­ated a space for ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity to come to­gether.

“Un­til now we have worked mainly with the Roe­bourne com­mu­nity but we are open­ing up the in­vi­ta­tion to all peo­ple across the Pil­bara to be a part of th­ese lan­guage, cul­tural and arts projects and to at­tend the cen­tre, be­cause we all have a shared history.”

Big hART has been the com­pany in res­i­dence at the cen­tre and has been work­ing with the youth of the town to make a se­ries of films with a health mes­sage with the Ma-warnkarra Health Ser­vice.

The project ti­tled Smashed will pre­miere at the am­phithe­atre on Novem­ber 27.

Big hART pro­ducer Laura Har­ris said it had been very fruit­ful work­ing with Mawarnkarra Health, NYFL staff and the IF Foun­da­tion on the project.

Pic­ture: Ngurin

Michelle Adams dur­ing a gui­tar les­son at the Ngurin Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Cen­tre.

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