‘Barangga’ takes place on Bidjigal and Gadigal Country. This land has been an important place of learning since time immemorial. We recognise the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Continuing Custodians of this site, and acknowledge them as the first designers and innovators of this land.
'Barangga' is a Dharawal word meaning 'large vessel' or 'island'. It speaks to the significance of design and making in First Nations practices, while embodying the notion of bringing people together and holding space for community.
The exhibition and accompanying program of workshops celebrates design and making practices as a vital form of cultural knowledge in First Nations Communities across Australia. The project considers the ongoing importance of preserving material culture and renewing cultural practices; connections with Country; Community consultation and collaboration; and intergenerational knowledge exchange.
The project presents itself as an exhibition and a workspace, activated through a series of making workshops offering a space to create, share, and learn throughout the exhibition period.
Debra Beale, Sharyn Egan, Luke Russell, and Leanne Tobin. Yamaji Women: Elvie Dann, Margaret Whitehurst, Barbara Merritt, Jenine Boeree, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Donna Ronan, Nicole Monks & Yarra Monks, Michelle Sims, and Chloe Sims.
The project is led by UNSW Professor of Practice, UNSW Galleries Advisory board member, and multi-disciplinary creative Nicole Monks. Presented by UNSW Galleries in partnership with UNSW Art & Design.
Approval was granted from the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council to use language in the project title.
Image: Miyarnuwimanha, installation view, detail, The Lock Up, Newcastle, 2021. Photography: Fourth Street Studio. Image courtesy of the artists.