Powerful new work by Bana Yirriji artists

Building on the success of the Belonging and Cultural Connections arts development workshops, Bana Yirriji Art Centre invited facilitator Edwina Circuitt to return to Wujal Wujal. Edwina worked with the artists on their concepts for this year’s CIAF exhibition entitled Sacred.

The group workshopped the theme by thinking about the question ‘what does sacred mean to us?’ The group landed on the following statement:

Sacred is our culture, our knowledge, our lore. It is precious and we can not give it away. We are passing it onto the next generations. We can only share a little bit. Not everything. As part of the workshop, artists also learnt how to prepare locally found earth pigments to make paint. A range of techniques were used to grind the ochres into powders that were then mixed with high quality acrylic binders. Artists created an extraordinary range of beautiful colours and textures and experimented painting on Belgian linen and driftwood. 

Artists are excited about the artworks produced during the workshop and are looking forward to exhibiting them in Cairns at CIAF 2021.

We are painting our culture and our stories using materials found on our Country, it is powerful.

Sonya Creek Bana Yirriji Artist

Main image credit: Anne Nunn using locally found and prepared earth pigments to paint her Kunjuri (shield). Image: Bana Yirriji Art Centre. Photo Edwina Circuitt

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