Burrinja Gallery new exhibitions: Group show with Indigo Perry

image credits: Katie Roberts, Stolen Land, 2022

Join us for the exhibition opening of new exhibitions in the Burrinja Gallery

Date and time Thu., 23/06/2022, 6:30 pm AEST

Location: Burrinja Cultural Centre, 351 Glenfern Road, Upwey, VIC 3158 View map

Check out the Burrinja Cultural Centre: https://www.burrinja.org.au  

Bookings (it’s free): https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/exhibition-opening-yarra-birrarung-birrarung-dhum-djerring-tickets-350156536627?fbclid=IwAR0atqjYJmJjrvfcHYergrojvWkuFSORdWE4H7J7meD2zv5I_9IFu2bNGzQ 

Birrarung-dhum-djerring – speak-together | Group show

Indigo Perry (writer), Andrew Darling (musician), Brooke Wandin (fibre artist) and Ryan Tews (film & photography) – went to a number of places along the upper reaches of Birrarung (Yarra River). They visited Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung Country in East Warburton before travelling to a granite plateau in deep wilderness, said to be a traditional meeting place for Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Taungurung and Gunnar/Kurnai language groups, on Mount Baw Baw, close to Birrarung’s source. The artists set out to have a dialogue between themselves and Birrarung, on Country, about Reconciliation and river ecology. Rather than talking, this was a conversation through the artists’ creative artforms. They made a film-work with soundscape, a series of creative-writing fragments and a fibre-artwork which is a topographical depiction of Birrarung. This exhibition is comprised of those works. The experience of the Birrarung dhum-djerring – Birrarung speak-together profoundly affected the artists, who captured their impressions in audio recordings made shortly afterwards. Artist Hineani Tunoa Roberts created a series of projections for the exhibition.


Yarra / Birrarung – Spirit in the City of Melbourne  | Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone / Katie Roberts

an exhibition of parallel perspectives of this land.  

Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone, a salt-water woman from Portland and Katie Roberts a non-Indigenous artist, have both been making work about the Yarra/Birrarung for many years; Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone through her PhD research and Katie Roberts for over the last fifteen years of her artistic practice. This exhibition presents their two parallel artistic endeavours to listen to the land and the river.