An engaging idea for the arts
Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation has begun embarking on a multi-facet arts program in a push to get back to their core philosophy of engaging local young people and families with their culture.
In recent months Juluwarlu has been granted a series of government arts grants to start a range of projects, including setting up an arts residency program for its artists, making a documentary film and developing a multi-platform website.
It’s all part of the corporation’s five-year Nyinyart Yinda Arts, Language and Cultural Futures Plan which seeks to educate and empower locals through developing their cultural roots.
As part of the residency project, 10 Yindjibarndi artists associated with Juluwarlu and Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation are working with three leading WA visual and multi-media artists on camps and workshops, before they hold three residencies in which they will teach skills and share stories with other artists.
Roebourne high school students had the opportunity to attend the camp, speak to the artists and visit sacred sites.
Juluwarlu chief executive Lorraine Coppin said a strong connection to country and youth development was a central part of the program.
“What makes us excited about this project is that each residency includes a five-day artists’ creative-on-country camp near significant Yindjibarndi Yinda cultural sites where all the artists will have wonderful opportunities to develop new ideas and make new work together in the heart of our country,” she said.
“Like all Juluwarlu Nyinyart Yinda projects, the artist residencies will also provide arts mentoring and career development opportunities for young Yindjibarndi people who are interested in creative arts careers.”
Juluwarlu project scoping specialist Dr Jan Teagle Kapetas said the plan was to tie the individual arts projects together into an exhibition showing the rich indigenous culture of Juluwarlu artists in Roebourne.
“The idea is that in three or four years’ time we can do a major interpretive exhibition down in Perth,” she said.
“It will have all sorts of elements, from visual art to songs to environmental knowledge and installations.”
“The idea is to have as many elements as we can draw together which will give young people an opportunity to imagine careers in the cultural economy.”
Other projects in the plan include the Cheeditha Art Group exhibiting their glass art and textiles at remote Aboriginal arts festival Revealed in Fremantle and the beginning of filming the documentary Heirs of Exile and the True Stories Collection: 1967-2017 project.
The group is also creating a multi-platform website to showcase selected Yindjibarndi cultural stories, audio and video from Juluwarlu’s nationally acclaimed archive and language learning resources.
Once complete, the website can be viewed at juluwarlu.com.au.
Cheeditha Group glass artists Wendy and Kay Warrie are part of the Nyinyart Yinda project.