An exhibition of local importance, Warangesda: Deep Waters, will open at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery on Friday 16 June 2017 and examines the history and legacy of the Warangesda Mission at Darlington Point, a significant cultural site for the Wiradjuri People.
This exhibition is a partnership project between Western Riverina Arts, the Griffith Regional Art Gallery and National Parks and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with the Aboriginal Medical Center, Murrumbidgee Shire Council, Waddi Housing and Leeton & District Local Aboriginal Land Council and Youth Off the Streets.
Local Wiradjuri elder Aunty Heather Edwards commented on the importance of the project, saying “I’m really looking forward to seeing the exhibition of both the Warangesda artifacts and the contemporary art based on the site.”
“It’s such an important site for local Aboriginal people and beyond. We’ve even got people from Brisbane coming to see the show. I’m very glad there has been a recent interest in the Warangesda Mission and its legacy” Ms Edwards said.
Warangesda: Deep Waters consists of two distinct components that work together in honouring this significant site. The first component, driven by Western Riverina Arts, is an exhibition of contemporary art created by artists from across the Wiradjuri catchment.
Over the past year Aboriginal artists have been participating in workshops and visiting Warangesda, reacting to the remains of the original Mission site and pondering their personal connections to the surrounding landscape while creating new works.
The second part of the project, driven by National Parks and Wildlife Service is an exhibition of historical information and relics from the Mission from various collections across the Western Riverina.
This component contains historical information produced by Dr Peter Kabala, Historian and authority on the history of the Warangesda mission.
Both components of the exhibition endeavor to showcase the history, significance and ongoing legacy of the Warangesda site.
The exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday June 16.
The exhibition will be a point of reflection for anyone related to former residents of the Mission and anyone interested in contemporary Aboriginal art or the history of the Western Riverina.
There are a number of events coinciding with the exhibition. The official opening of the contemporary art exhibition will be at 6pm Friday, 16 June, with special guest Elizabeth Rodgers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW.
The event is free and all are welcome to attend.