Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Walang Wiradjuri Yinaa: Strong Wiradjuri Woman
Image: Aunty Pat Dacey, Honey Ants (detail), 2003, oil on canvas.
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is proud to present a celebration of the life and art of the respected Wiradjuri Elder, Aunty Pat Dacey, in the new exhibition Walang Wiradjuri Yinaa: Strong Wiradjuri Woman.
Presented in conjunction with the City of Wagga Wagga’s commemoration of NAIDOC Week, Walang Wiradjuri Yinaa displays paintings, sculptures, weavings and other artworks created by Aunty Pat Dacey, in collaboration with her husband George.
Born in Leeton in 1940, Aunty Pat Dacey (nee Pollard) grew up in Yanco, and moved to Wagga Wagga after marrying George Dacey in 1957. For many years, they lived just outside Wagga Wagga, in the township of Uranquinty, where they raised their children.
Aunty Pat Dacey was an active member of many community organisations, including the significant Wagga Wagga Elders Group. She was also a founding member of the community arts and cultural group, the Hands On Weavers Inc. Her work as a community leader and mentor was widely recognised, and acknowledged by all, including her award as Elder of the Year in the 2006 Wagga Wagga NAIDOC Community Awards.
Aunty Pat Dacey’s artwork has been shown in many local exhibitions, and her work is held in private and public collections. Her art tells the stories of Wiradjuri country with a focus on animals and plants of the region in striking prints and vibrant paintings on canvas. Working with her husband George, she also created sculptural works in carved, burnt and painted wood.
The works displayed in Walang Wiradjuri Yinaa have all been drawn from her family’s collections, as a tribute to Aunty Pat Dacey and a testament to her life as an artist and an esteemed Wiradjuri Elder.
Walang Wiradjuri Yinaa: Strong Wiradjuri Woman will be officially launched on Friday 23 June by the family from 6-8pm. The exhibition will be on display in the E3 art space at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 24 June until Sunday 9 July, 2017.
Please note that the exhibition Walang Wiradjuri Yinaa: Strong Wiradjuri Woman contains images and voice of people who are deceased.