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First exhibition to celebrate culture

SHOWCASING the cultural resilience of First Nations artists, Granville Centre Art Gallery Director Michael Brown with one of the works featured in debut exhibition ‘Ngaliya Diyam’ which opens this Saturday.

A NEW place of culture for the thriving Cumberland community, the Granville Centre Art Gallery will open this Friday, November 6, with a vibrant curatorial program of contemporary art.
‘Ngaliya Diyam’, the debut exhibition for the gallery at 1 Memorial Drive, will celebrate cultural resilience and an everlasting connection to Country for First Nations artists Aunty Esme Timbery, Aunty Marilyn Russell, Nadeena Dixon, Jannawi Dance Clan, Lucy Simpson, Shay Tobin and Kirra Weingarth.
Translating in Darug language as ‘We are here. Darug are here, Aboriginal peoples are here – they never left’, ‘Ngaliya Diyam’ is co-curated by Dennis Golding and Rebekah Raymond and celebrates strength and resilience through the art of local Darug artists and artists from other language groups and nations who call Darug nura home.
“Ngaliya Diyam is an incredibly important exhibition to open the Granville Centre Art Gallery,” Arts Programs Officer and Curatorial Support for the Granville Centre Art Gallery, Talia Smith said.
“Darug nura culture is integral to the history of Granville and Australia.”
The exhibiting artists’ expressions range from weaving, dance, photography, installation, drawing, painting and ceramics.
Elder Esme is joined by her daughter, Aunty Marilyn, and their combined artworks showcase the intergenerational knowledge passed down between generations of Bidjigal women.
Other works include paintings, weavings from coconut fibre, an installation and indigenous lighting artefacts by Kirra Weingarth plus more.
There is a curator’s talk and three workshops also on offer on Saturday. Info at cumberland.nsw.gov.au.