VISITORS to the Northern Rivers Creative Pop Up gallery in Kyogle this month will be the first to view locally made baskets inspired by the Mary Bundock collection that have been acquired by the National Museum Australia.
Alongside works by ten of Kyogle’s most respected contemporary artists, works by local women from the Gulli-bal Living Culture group will be on display at the Northern Rivers Creative Pop Up from 22 November – 4 December, which use the traditional Bundjalung basketmaking techniques found in the Mary Bundock collection.
In the late 18th Century Mary Bundock observed the Bundjalung people losing skills and knowledge with the impact of white settlement and so began collecting objects and recording family life and traditions. Bundock sent her collection to various Museums in Australia and overseas ensuring future generations had a connection with the past.
Today, the women of the Gulli-bal Living Culture group are using the Bundock collection to renew skills and reinterpret techniques in a modern context.
On Saturday 29 November women from the group will be at the Northern Rivers Creative Pop Up gallery for a one off workshop to discuss the significance of the Mary Bundock collection and teach traditional basketmaking skills including knowledge of local plants, preparation and knotted netting techniques.
The Mary Bundock collection returns to Australia next year as part of the Encounters Project, a partnership between the Australian National Museum and the British Museum who are re-connecting objects in their collections with the communities from which they originated.
Two of the works, by Ben Radic and Lauren Jarrett, on display in the Pop Up shop have been acquired by the National Museum Australia and will form part of the ‘New Objects’ collection.
Bookings for the Bundock Basket Making workshop can be made on the Arts Northern Rivers website (artsnorthernrivers.com.au) or by calling them on 6628 8120
Northern Rivers Creative Pop Up
22 November – 4 December
129 Summerland Way
Morning Tea Launch
Saturday 22 November
11am – 12.30
Exhibiting artists: Jenny Kitchener – Printmaker; Michael Taylor – Painter; Gulli-bal Living Culture Group – Indigenous Basket making; Karma Phuntsok – Painter; Susie Marcroft – Ceramicist; Martin Gallagher – Painter; Wendy McGain – Painter; Ross Tamlin – Painter; Jill Runchiman – Photographer.
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