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Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu

Lorraine Connelly-Northey and Brook Garru Andrew in Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu
Murray Art Museum Albury, 2015
Image by Simon Dallinger

Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu challenged the perception of First Nations art through a display of diverse body of work from across Wiradjuri Country.

It featured existing work and commissions by five of Australia's leading National and International Wiradjuri artists: Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Jonathan Jones, Brook Andrew, Karla Dickens and Nicole Foreshew.

As MAMA’s opening exhibition ,Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu announced the Museum's identity. MAMA celebrates and stands proud of Wiradjuri Country, community and culture, putting them at the forefront of its cultural presentation. As MAMA’s doors open for the first time, Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu enabled us to come together to consider place and Country, where and why we stand here today, and to honour the site on which MAMA sits.

Connected through a kinship stemming back to the first people of our nation, each of the artists in Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu was a keeper of knowledge, passed down through both tangible and intangible means, that informed both their contemporary art practices and themselves personally. Each artist drew on narratives from their ancient culture, translating them into visual forms materialised through contemporary mediums.

The exhibition reflected both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous interpretations of place and country; themes that are repeated in the works of contemporary Wiradjuri artists. Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu determined that the broader regional community can participate in a level of cultural awareness that is an immersion into Wiradjuri expressions, ways of life and the perspectives of one who is Wiradjuri in a contemporary world.

An installation of several sculptures made from found objects such as a scale, a cross, a dress mannequin used to convey stories of the experience of First Nations people
Karla Dickens

The whole black whole, 2015
Mixed media installation
Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu, Murray Art Museum Albury
Image by Paul Temple

A person with long hair reaches out to a large diamond shaped sculpture made from neon
Jonathan Jones

Untitled (diamond), 2015
Powder-coated steel, fluorescent tubes and fittings, electrical cable
Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu, Murray Art Museum Albury
Image by James Gallimore

A series of  large brown narrabongs (bags) made from pieces of metal and pipes.
Lorraine Connelly-Northey

Narrbongalang, 2010
Installation view
Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu, Murray Art Museum Albury, 2015
Image by Paul Temple

A large wall with black and white lines crossing through the wall, On the wall are a series of small photos, two larges black and white pieces and a neon artwork in the middle
Brook Garru Andrew in Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu

Murray Art Museum Albury, 2015
Image by Paul Temple

Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu

Murray Art Museum Albury, 2015
Image by Simon Dallinger

A room with mixed installation including neon lights, photos of rock landscapes and small sculptures
Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu

Murray Art Museum Albury, 2015
Image by Paul Temple

Exhibitions