Yaama Ngunna Baaka – Welcome to our River
The north-west river communities have been devastated by water stealing by big cotton farmers and irrigators.
Throughout NAIDOC Week, this window box exhibition will showcase river stories and raise awareness of the Water for the Rivers corroboree campaign.
Yaama (Ngemba language - Brewarrina)
Ngunna (Budjiti, Muruwari language - Enngonia and Weilmoringle)
Barka (Barkangi language - Wilcannia)
A portion of artwork sales will go to Water for the Rivers, a corroboree which will travel from Walgett, through Brewarrina and Bourke, to Wilcannia in October to call attention to water management issues.
About the Artist
Bruce Shillingsworth is a Muruwari and Budjiti man, a talented artist and water for the rivers activist.
His country is the north-west NSW river lands that hug the Namoi, Barwon, Darling Rivers; Brewarrina, Bourke, Enngonia, Wilcannia and Walgett.
Bruce’s family are painters, dancers and rainmakers. Bruce is a cultural educator in Sydney and leads a cultural revival dance group in the north-west.
This exhibition includes work from Bruce's daughters and granddaughter.
Image credit Rory McLeod.