Looking Through Windows: NERAM exhibition

The Looking Through Windows first stage of the travelling exhibition opens this weekend at the New England Regional Art Museum (Nov 10th 5pm). JNC Group have proudly been supporting this project for a while now and are excited to see the show being hung this week. Exhibition details are as follows:

‘Looking through Windows’ is an exhibition curated by artist, filmmaker and oral historian Dr Lorina Barker who has used a fusion of old art forms and new technologies to document the lived stories, experiences and memories of Aboriginal people across the New England and Northwest regions of NSW. Her exhibition depicts life under ‘The Act’ and control of the Aborigines Protection and Welfare Boards.

The exhibition opening starts at the Keeping Place at 5.00pm:

Rose Lovelock, Chairperson of the Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place

Theatre performance
Trucked Off by Julie Collins & Lorina Barker with family members and local cast members

Visitors and guests are then invited to move up to the New England Regional Art Museum for the opening of the art exhibition which will commence at 6.00pm.

NERAM opening at 6.00pm will include:

Welcome to Country
Uncle Steve Widders, Anaiwan Elder

Guest speakers:
Aunty Dianne Roberts, Thunghutti Elder
Professor Heiko Daniel, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), University of New England

Performance and smoking ceremony
Birabun Dancers

Over the past year the project has brought together groups of elders from Brewarrina, Armidale and Bourke to make artworks and discuss their experiences and stories of the ‘old days’ with a talented group of local artists, filmmakers, musicians and an oral historian including Brendan Blacklock, Laszlo Szabo, Lyndsay Urquhart, Beth Macraild O’Loughlin, Simon Mellor, Kim Scales, Matt Pilkington, Cherene Spendlove and Kimberley Barker.

It will also feature the works of community based artists Aunty Jenny Shillingsworth, Aunty Rita Wright, Aunty Verna Barker, Uncle Brian Irving, Brian Smith and Derek Moran.

Image above: Brian Smith The Gathering 2017