After nine months of renovation after major flood damage in January 2019, the Bana Yirriji artists have finally moved back into their art centre studio. It has been a major project of unpacking, sorting and organizing however the artists are now in a lovely clean facility. A few positive changes were made during the renovation such as more storage and air conditioning, and new walls and hanging system in the gallery, providing a silver lining to a year of disruption.
To kick off the new space we had Edwina Circuitt facilitating a workshop with artists and Senior curator Shona Coyne from the National Museum of Australia for Endeavour Voyage, The untold stories of Cook and the first Australians exhibition. The workshop was held in November and was what we all needed after a long period of being in limbo. The workshops involve collecting materials and other objects down the beach to work on 3D artworks and has been a lot of fun with artists experimenting with new media and curatorial concepts. The exhibition will open at the National Museum of Australia in April 2020.
By Vikki Burrows
Main image credit: Driftwood pieces painted and collected from Weary Bay beach by Bana Yirriji artist Lila Creek during the Cultural Connections workshop. Image: Edwina Circuitt IACA