Gindaymanha: play, to have fun was an exhibition of work created by students from Glenroy Public School, Table Top Public School, and Hume Public School, as part of Home, an arts and language education program.The Home program was a partnership between The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and local Wiradjuri Community, in association with Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA).
The works presented in this exhibition were the result of student workshops with Wiradjuri artist Bethany Thornber. In her practice Thornber experiments with the melding of natural and manufactured materials; such as sticks, leaves, plastic and wool. The wall mounted works were Bush Dolls assembled using Eucalyptus twigs, sticks and leaves, wool, and yarn. These objects have been useful in what has been a challenging year as a reminder to us of the importance of being resourceful and to Gindaymanha (Play and to have Fun) through our creativity.
“My Pop, Larry, described to me as a child the toys he used to make along the Lachlan river. He and his mother, Esther, along with his eleven brothers and sisters lived in a large canvas tent near the river. Buying things that were “new” was often unattainable and so the kids learnt to make their toys from the bush. Tales of their childhood spent riding stick horses and pulling along toy trains made from rusty cans reminded me of the ingenuity and resourcefulness inherent in a child’s mind. These bush dolls remind me of those toys my Pop would make.“ – Bethany Thornber