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.