Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wilin Celebrate 2016 Exhibition

The WILIN CELEBRATE 2016 Exhibition curated by Tiriki Onus runs from 10 to 26 November 2016 at MAGNET Galleries Melbourne.

For over ten years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have come to the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne to study at the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development.
© Barbara Oehring 2016

Richard J. Frankland, Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, opened the exhibition on Thursday 10 November 2016.

Richard J. Frankland © Barbara Oehring 2016

WILIN CELEBRATE 2016 brings together work from various Indigenous artists connected to the Wilin Centre:

Well known Yorta Yorta bass baritone Tiriki Onus is a Lecturer in Indigenous Arts and Culture at the Wilin Centre. Here he is with his own exhibition piece 'Biganga' Batja wata, gaiyimarr mawo
(Brushtail possum skins and Kangaroo sinew).

Tiriki Onus © Barbara Oehring 2016

Ashley Perry, a Melbourne based artist, shows 'Refined Rauschenberg Screen', Tasmanian Oak, Digital inkjet on Paper.

Eugenia Flynn, a writer, social commentator and arts worker exhibits work titled 'Under the Microscope', Vinyl lettering, in three parts.

Khi-Lee Thorpe is a descendant of the Worimi people of Port Stephens NSW. Her series 'Home 1' and 'Home 2' are mixed media works on wooden doors.

Marley Holloway-Clarke, a Warramung woman, shows 'Why?' video 00:04:16.

Ngardarb Francine Riches has two art works in the exhibition. Emu Dreaming 'Gunangunnja', a print made from her original painting and 'Sting Rays in Shallow Water' Acrylic on canvas.

Ngardarb is the artist's Aboriginal name. She is a descendant of the Bardi/Jawi and Karajarri people from the West Kimberley coast.

Ngardarb Francine Riches © Barbara Oehring 2016

Other artists represented in the show are Richard J. Frankland with his powerful Bunjil's prayer', 'Singing to the world' and 'New Age Warrior', Vinyl lettering,

Steaphan Paton with Acrylic on wool (found tapestry) work 'Described by the British',
Courtesy the artist and Tristian Koenig Gallery,

and Sam Harrison with three pieces 'Forged Seeds 1', 'Forged Seeds 2', 'Forged Seeds 3', each
Graphite and Mechanical Pencil on wood board.

 Meleesha Bardolia and friend.

© Barbara Oehring 2016

Meleesha is a film maker. Her documentary Wilin Warriors will be launched on Thursday 24 November 2016 at Magnet Galleries.
For details please go to

John Wayne Parsons, Yugerra and Ugarem Le Baritone and Wilin Centre Staff Member at the opening of Wilin Celebrate 2016.

© Barbara Oehring 2016

Exhibition details can be found here MAGNET GALLERIES MELBOURNE