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goulburn.art REGIONAL GALLERY | Yidumduma Bill Harney Bush Professor

Image: Image Yidumduma: Bill Harney, ‘Warling, Young Initiate’ (detail), 2012, ‘Warranggin (Ceremonial) Law Man’ (detail), 2012, natural pigments and feathers on wood, 108 x 16 x 10, 137 x 14 x 10cm, 130, 16 x 10cm. Courtesy of Ross Bonthorne. Image courtesy of Jayne Nankivell.
 
 
A retrospective exhibition celebrating the life work of Yidumduma Bill Harney.
 
At over 80 years of age, Harney is one of the last fully initiated elders of the Wardaman people. He is a charismatic storyteller and artist and the only remaining living custodian of the collective memory, laws and history of his people. Harney’s knowledge has been described by anthropologists as ‘encyclopedic in nature’ and his artwork is one way that he shares this intimate understanding with the world. The exhibition is curated by Margie West who says ‘His contemporary painting is a fascinating look into topics as diverse as traditional law, astronomy, sorcery and ancestral narrative.’
 
Exhibition toured by the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Cultural Centre, Northern Territory.
 
Gallery Hours: M – F 9 – 5 Sat 1 – 4 Closed Sundays and Public Holidays. Gallery closed 12pm 22 December 2017 – 9am 2 January 2018.
 
For further information contact the Gallery on 02 48234494, or visit www.grag.com.au or email artgallery@goulburn.nsw.gov.au.