INSTACULTURE is the latest exhibition at Darling Quarter’s outdoor public art space OPEN, developed as part of NAIDOC Week 2019 celebrations, with its theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth.

Aboriginal artist A.Professor Wayne Quilliam has produced a stimulating display of landscape imagery highlighting the exquisite textures found in nature, as well as the six seasons of the Aboriginal culture. The striking large-scale installation comprises four display cubes, with a total of 16 digital images, each 2.4m x 2.4m.

Former NAIDOC Artist of the Year, Wayne found a love of photography as a teenager in the Navy, inspired by the different cultures he saw firsthand around the world and documenting the places, people and ceremonies he came upon.

Back in Australia, he began to travel extensively on country, collecting images, words and stories of his own culture from the old people who so graciously share them with him.

Concurrently thought-provoking, beautiful and educational, INSTACULTURE helps viewers reflect on the co-existence of nature and culture as a collaborative and evolving entity. Decals placed on the ground in front of each artwork contain three important elements, to be viewed in conjunction with the image – a traditional word or phrase, its English translation, and the Aboriginal language it comes from.

Running from Monday, 1 July until Saturday, 3 August, it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is free of charge.

INSTACULTURE is curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery and presented by Darling Quarter.

In conjunction with INSTACULTURE, free family-friendly workshops will take place during NAIDOC Week from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 July. Held in the foyer of the Monkey Baa Theatre and hosted in partnership with Koomurri Aboriginal Incursions, the workshops will include:

Didgeridoo Show – traditional and contemporary solo didgeridoo performance. One performer in full traditional costume, performing traditional and contemporary didgeridoo sounds and rhythms.

Face Painting – our Indigenous tutor will have traditional ochre paint from which they will paint the children’s faces (optional).

Song and Dance – our Indigenous tutor will entertain with some traditional dance moves and encourage all children to participate.

Message Stone, Aboriginal Art – our Indigenous tutor will teach the children basic Aboriginal symbols, which they will paint on a message stone. Each student will have a keepsake message stone to take home.

Didgeridoo and Storytelling – Dreamtime stories from the past will be told with gusto and expression to enthral the children.

Artefacts, Weaponry, Bush Survival and History – a variety of tools, weapons and artefacts that were used to survive back in the day (and are still being used today) will be on display. Children will have the opportunity to touch and feel these special historic artefacts as the educator discusses survival in the bush and the uses of each item.

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Wayne Quilliam

1 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 2000