Art centre opens doors to all
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.
Michelle Adams during a guitar lesson at the Ngurin Pilbara Aboriginal Centre.