RAF Project | Star Picket Artists Travel to Lake Mungo24.06.2017
A number of regional artists facilitated by the CORRIDOR project recently travelled to Lake Mungo for a five day art camp based on star culture, paleontology, geography, flora and fauna, land pathways, agricultural systems and traditional knowledge. The trip is a part of the broader project Star Picket, which will culminate in an exhibition held at Orange Regional Art Gallery in 2018.
Mungo National Park is located in Western NSW and is managed by National Parks and Wildlife along with Aboriginal elders from the Paakantji (Barkinji), Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi nations. More on Mungo and its cultural history can be read here.
Ivan Johnstone a Paakantji MNP Ranger, guided the artsits on a traditional knowledge Discovery Tour along the Walls of China. The following day Ivan kindly welcomed the artists to country with a smoking ceremony, and interpretive talk on Paakantji artist Badger Bates sculpture located at the Discovery Centre.
The artists over three days travelled around the seventy kilometre one way track documenting the landscape in painting, drawing, soundscape, photography, aerial photography and assemblage.
Destinations travelled to within Lake Mungo National Park were:
- Walls of China
- Viger Wells
- Zanci Woolshed
- Mungo Woolshed
Participating artists included:
- Genevieve Carroll
- Phoebe Cowdery
- John Daley
- Jac Davies
- Rebecca Dowling
- Virginia Hilyard
- Ken Hutchinson
- Aleshia Lonsdale
- Bill Moseley
- Irene Ridgeway
- Vicki Skarratt
- Heather Vallance
- Lee Wynyard
- Richard Swansborough (aerial photography and documentation)
- Nyree Reynolds (unable to attend yet will be in part of the exhibition)
The resulting exhibition from the project will open February – April 2018 and is curated by Phoebe Cowdery (the CORRIDOR Project) and Aleshia Lonsdale (Arts OutWest).
The CORRIDOR project acknowledge the Paakantji (Barkinji), Ngyiampaa, and Mutthi Mutthi Nations who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land at Mungo. The CORRIDOR project also pays respect to their people both past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal Australians who collaborate on projects through the CORRIDOR Project’s Cultural Connections program.