MUNGO - FIELDTRIP
RAF (Regional Arts Fund - NSW) supported twelve artists who travelled to Lake Mungo between June- 1st-6th 2017 for a five day field trip processing work based on star culture, palaeontology, geography, flora and fauna, land pathways, agricultural systems and traditional knowledge. The field trip is part of the broader project Star Picket, which will culminate in an exhibition held at Orange Regional Art Gallery in 2018, February - Friday 2nd - April 2018, all are welcome.
Star Picket artists who travelled on Lake Mungo Field Trip:
Richard Swansborough (aerial photography and documentation)
Nyree Reynolds (unable to attend yet will be in part of the exhibition)
Mungo National Park is located in Western NSW and is managed by National Parks and Wildlife along with Aboriginal elders from the Paakantji (Barkinji), Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi nations. More on Mungo and its cultural history http://www.visitmungo.com.au/.
Ivan Johnstone a Paakantji MNP Ranger, guided us on a traditional knowledge Discovery tour along the Walls of China. The following day Ivan kindly welcomed us to country with a smoking ceremony, and interpretive talk on Paakantji artist Badger Bates sculpture located at the Discovery Centre.
The artists spent three days travelling around the seventy kilometre one way track documenting the landscape in painting, drawing, soundscape, photography, aerial photography and assemblage. We are looking forward to the studio documentation and process.
Destinations travelled to within LMNP were:
Walls of China + Viger Wells + Zanci Woolshed + Mungo Woolshed
Star Picket will culminate in an exhibition held at Orange Regional Art Gallery opening February - Friday 2nd - April 2018, all are welcome. Further enquires : Curators - Phoebe Cowdery the CORRIDOR project and Aleshia Lonsdale - Arts Out West.
Many thanks to Julie and Bruce from Corynnia Station for your wonderful accommodation, catering, and generosity. Thanks to Ken, Richard, Bec and Avis Orange for the use of their cars including all drivers involved in logistics around Mungo and travel routes beyond. Jo, Tanya, Lars and Mark from National Parks Mungo, in requesting permission from the Elders for drone use protocols and licences at Vigers Wells, for Richard and John. Gerade McGill for the use of your trailer a massive help.
Aleshia, Tony, Ivan, Kanga, Tanya and Irene thanks for your generous traditional knowledge sharing. A quick mention to all the artists who made the trip a delightful experience encompassing diverse collaboration, skills sharing, excellent meals and hilarious storytelling. We are looking forward to the next professional development weekend and exhibition logistics in October at the CORRIDOR project. A huge thanks to Regional Arts NSW who made this trip possible as our principle supporter, Brad Hammond and team from Orange Regional Art Gallery for allocating a great space and support for the exhibition for 2018, and Arts Out West for ongoing regional support.
The CORRIDOR project would like to acknowledge the Paakantji (Barkinji), Ngyiampaa, and Mutthi Mutthi Nations who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land at Mungo. We would also like to pay respect to their people both past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal Australians who collaborate on projects with us through our Cultural Connections program.
Photos above credit and copyright Richard Swansborough and Phoebe Cowdery.