Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Exhibition 'Gathers' Tradition, Culture

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Exhibition 'Gathers' Tradition, Culture

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A MAJOR indigenous exhibition opens this month in Gympie Regional Gallery.

Manggan - gather, gathers, gathering is a beautiful exhibition of contemporary works by award-winning artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Arts Centre, Cardwell, Queensland and historical collection material from the South Australian Museum.

Touring to Gympie by Museums and Galleries Queensland, the Girringun artists superbly handcrafted works are displayed alongside collection objects and historic photographs from the South Australian Museum.

They provide a unique opportunity for Gympie to view and engage with the distinctive Aboriginal rainforest art traditions and culture from the Girringun region of far north Queensland.

The artists' ancestral tools, bagu (body) with jiman (sticks), were traditionally used to make fire, but today have been transformed into an iconic art form by the Girringun artists. Made from clay, timber and string, and painted with ochres, these artworks evoke the spirit of the old people.

Featuring artists are Daniel Beeron, George Beeron Snr, Maureen Beeron, Theresa Beeron,

Nancy Cowan, Nephi Denham, Sandra Escott, Tonya Grant, Judith Henry, Clarence Kinjun, Doris Kinjun, Abe Muriata, Alison Murray, Debra Murray, Emily Murray, John Murray, Ninney Murray, Sally Murray and Eileen Tep.

Muriata, a Girramay Traditional Owner, said the work was a culmination of his life experience.

"I am a Girramay man, an artist and a weaver. I make Jawun, the bicornual basket. My work is a culmination of ten years learning and it has essentially been a re-learning of a nearly lost craft," Mr Muriata said.

"One of my Jawun is included in this show.

"Beside the really beautiful Jawun which has been loaned from the South Australian Museum, my Jawun pales in comparison.

"Honed by thousands of years of craftsmanship, the old basket embodies the perfection of skill at the hand of the maker who learned their knowledge as a kind of apprenticeship."

Join the official opening of this wonderful exhibition on Saturday, May 26 at 1.30pm following by an Art Chat Curators Session from 2.30-4.30pm with project manager Valarie Keenan and local Kubi Kubi elder Bianca Beetson.

To complement the Manggan - gather, gathers, gathering exhibition, join Ninney Murray in a weaving workshop on Saturday, June 16 from 10am-1pm.

Ninney is an expert and senior weaver of all the traditional basket types created by the Girramay and Jirrbal people.

Taught by her Aunty, traditional forms created by Ninney include the Jawun, Burrajingal, Gundala, Mindi baskets and Wungarr.

Today Ninney continues to pass her weaving skills and traditional knowledge on to her people through weaving workshops.

During this workshop you will be able to create and take home your own mindi, a traditional grass basket historically used to carry message sticks and in this workshop you will make one from grasses and natural materials and also one from plastic-coated electricity wires. …

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