WRECK Bay is on the Bherriwerri peninsular, the southern arm of Jervis Bay and was acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia to build the new national capital’s naval port, 100 years ago.
A travelling exhibition celebrating Wreck Bay’s cultural heritage and connections to Canberra is part of Tuggeranong Arts Centre at Lanyon NAIDOC Week celebrations.
The exhibition mixes traditional and contemporary art works in a variety of media such as shell work, paintings on canvas, timber and poles, ochre works and sculptural pieces, all telling stories intrinsic to the community of Wreck Bay.
This Saturday the gallery is turning on artist talks and afternoon tea. Theresa Ardler and Julie Freeman will speak about their work and their Wreck Bay stories.
Ardler is a Gweagal-Dharawal woman, who has lived all of her life on the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community. Her artwork is now held in collections in Australia and around the world, such as The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. and the Vatican.
Freeman is a traditional owner of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community on the South Coast of NSW. Her mother is of the Gurawarl clan (Wonga pigeon) from Botany Bay (kamay) and comes from a long line of shell workers and story tellers. Her father was a Wreck Bay fisherman of the old tradition. Inspired by family, country, culture, tradition, history and life, she says, “art is how culturecontinues and is maintained into the future. It strengthens connection to country. It’s my life; it’s in the blood, its family and its forever.”
“Windsongs and Waterlines – where is, what is Wreck Bay?” artist talks at Tuggeranong Arts Centre at Lanyon, (former Nolan Gallery). Tharwa Drive, Lanyon 2.30 – 3.30pm July 13.