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Murruwaygu

Murruwaygu following in the footsteps of our ancestors

Image: Tommy McRae Spearing the kangaroo circa 1880s-circa 1890s (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales

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01 Jonathan Jones on 'Murruwaygu'

In this talk Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist and Murruwaygu curator Jonathan Jones explores the development of this ground-breaking exhibition and some of the themes that emerged during its research. He also addresses the importance of community consultation, which was an integral part of the process. Jonathan has worked at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative and at the Art Gallery of NSW as curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art programs, and is currently a freelance curator and researcher working on a number of community projects.

Image: Tommy McRae 'Spearing the kangaroo’ c1880s-c1890s (detail), Art Gallery of NSW collection, purchased 2004.

02 Harry Matheson on 'Murruwaygu'

Poet and Art Gallery of NSW educator Harry Matheson is a proud member of the Wiradjuri clan of the Lachlan River (Erambie Mission, Cowra) in New South Wales. Harry’s cultural knowledge comes from time spent with his elders and his peers learning about the rich heritage of the Wiradjuri nation and the wider history of Aboriginal people. His father was the senior Wiradjuri artist HJ Wedge whose work is featured in the 'Murruwaygu’ exhibition. Harry talks about his father’s work, with exhibition curator Jonathan Jones.

03 Roy Kennedy on 'Murruwaygu'

Artist Roy Kennedy talks about his work in the exhibition. Uncle Roy was brought up at Police Paddock Mission at Darlington Point, near Griffith, on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Graduating from Eora Centre TAFE as a master printmaker, he won the 2009 Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize. In this talk he will discuss his childhood growing up on the mission and reflect on his mum’s mission at Warangesda.

04 Jack Charles in conversation

The greats of Koori culture

Jack Charles is a veteran Indigenous actor, musician, respected elder and activist. He was co-founder of Nindethana, the nation’s first Indigenous theatre company, and has gone on to appear in numerous productions and films. Most recently he starred in Belvoir St Theatre’s production of Coranderrk, which told the fascinating story of Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve. Jack is joined by Professor Joy Murphy Wandin AO and curator Jonathan Jones to reflect on the extraordinary work of the great masters of the south-east, William Barak and Tommy McRae.

Image: Jack Charles. Photo by Gary Heery.

05 Stan Grant

The greats of Koori culture

Journalist and writer Stan Grant is of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of New South Wales. Growing up he was surrounded and supported by a large extended family and raised on the stories of his people. His family was prominent in Indigenous political and community life and Stan developed an acute political awareness at a young age, going on to develop a distinguished career as a political correspondent both nationally and internationally. He recently described his new role as Indigenous editor for the Guardian Australia as being effectively a foreign correspondent in his own country.

Stan discussed his passion for telling the stories of his own people.