Art, Music, Food and Contemporary First Nations Performance.
If you haven't seen the current exhibition at the Wollongong Art Gallery, this is your last chance. Come together to bid farewell to the fabulous Coomaditchie: The Art of Place with an incredible program of art, music, food, and contemporary First Nations performance. Food and refreshments are provided, these are all free events and everyone is welcome! Here's what's on the lineup for the 17 & 18 June!
Coomaditchie: The Art of Place
Guest curated by Tess Allas with assistance from Alinta Maguire, this exhibition showcases newly commissioned works led by Senior artists Aunty Lorraine Brown and Aunty Narelle Thomas including the Gallery’s outdoor panels which tell the environmental stories of Coomaditchie Lagoon; three large canvas works that speak to the history of three decades of community engagement; ceramic hand-built platters by the two Aunties and fellow Coomaditchie-based artist, Allison Day as well as the recent ‘love letters to Coomaditchie’ works from the broader Illawarra community in the form of ceramic plates.
Sultans of Spin
Local DJs the Sultans of Spin will be kicking off the celebrations on the decks, with a curated First Nations music set.
Next up is Yuin Djiringanj man Warren Foster (aka Prodikal-1) - a hip hop artist sharing a powerful message.
Headliner AODHAN (Aidan Whitehall) is a Dhawaral songwriter from Wollongong. His early single releases caught the attention of Communion Publishing UK, which saw him signing a deal where he joined a roster that includes Bears Den and Catfish & The Bottlemen. His 2019 single “Butterflies” is close to 5 million streams.
What else can you explore?
Have you seen the banners in Crown Street Mall? What about the artwork at the Curio Gallery? Nandhi (Look) Ngara (Listen) is a community reconciliation artwork project with children from Warrawong and Corrimal East Public Schools, Para Meadows School, Keiraview Childcare Centre and young people of Five Islands Secondary College. Supported by Aboriginal artist Daren Dunn and Adam Towney from AT_Culture, the children and young people have created artwork inspired by Reconciliation and NAIDOC. The beautiful artwork has been printed on banners and will be flown in Crown Street Mall until the end of July 2023. We are proud to acknowledge and celebrate Aboriginal culture in our city.