A large-scale 24-hour digital art exhibition featuring photographic work of Wayne Quilliam, curated by aMBUSH Gallery, will run in the bustling outdoor space of Sydney’s Darling Quarter over NAIDOC Week.
Called Insta-Culture, the exhibition comprises 16 images (each 2.4m x 24m) of landscapes, skyscapes, and fresh water and salt water – highlighting the six seasons of Aboriginal culture and the beauty of nature.
Taken with a drone and digital camera, Quilliam regards these photos as ‘traditional digital art’ – a merging of traditional storytelling and modern technology.
We all interact and flow through the connection to country and this exhibition represents the feeling of collaboration. My art reflects a modern thriving culture, not defined by a singular creation or iteration, but suggests a shifting focus, endeavouring to change ways of seeing and thinking, and reflecting the co-existence of nature and culture as a collaborative and evolving entity.
Insta-Culture will be on display at OPEN (Darling Quarter’s free outdoor exhibition space) and is being presented by Darling Quarter. It will run from Monday 1 July until Saturday 3 August.
Free family-friendly workshops will also take place from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 July in the foyer of the Monkey Baa Theatre, hosted in partnership with the local Koomurri Aboriginal Incursions. These workshops will include:
Didgeridoo Show “ traditional and contemporary solo didgeridoo performance. One performer in full traditional costume, performing traditional and contemporary didgeridoo sounds and rhythms.
Face Painting “ an Indigenous tutor will have traditional ochre paint from which they will paint the children’s faces (optional).
Song and Dance “ an Indigenous tutor will entertain with some traditional dance moves and encourage all children to participate.
Aboriginal Art “ an Indigenous tutor will teach the children basic Aboriginal symbols, which they will paint on a large canvas guided by the tutor. The painting will then be given to the school to display.
Storytelling “ Dreamtime stories from the past will be told with gusto and expression to enthral the children.