Aboriginal artists arrive for RMIT Gallery exhibition opening tonight

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The Gija artists (above: Phyllis Thomas, Mabel Juli (in front of her art work), her son Ralph Juli and Rusty Peters) and Balgo mob (below) have arrived at RMIT Gallery for the opening tonight, Monday 15 September, of two important exhibitions: Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo and Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning.

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Two of the curators from the exhibition Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning were at the gallery this week – (far left) Anna Crane and (far right) Adam Bond, who will be speaking at the Ursula Hoff lecture on Aboriginal Art Centres tomorrow night at RMIT Storey Hall.

The exhibitions will be opened at 6 pm by  Colin Hunter, Elder of the Wurundjeri Tribe Council; Tony Ellwood, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Most Rev Christopher A Saunders DD,  Bishop of Broome, with a Didge performance by Jesse Gardiner. 

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Emotions were high for the artists from Balgo as they viewed restored church banners and greeted  Sister Alice Dempsey (pictured below, with curator Dr Jacqueline Healy), who played a key role in establishing the Warlayirti Arts Centre, and spent 30 years working with the community.

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