An en­gag­ing idea for the arts

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Car­rie McDow­ell

Cheed­itha Group glass artists Wendy and Kay War­rie are part of the Nyin­yart Yinda project.

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