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Local Blue Mountain culture is brought to life at new Aboriginal art exhibit

March 20, 2018 Attraction No Comments Email Email

The Standing Up Alive exhibit at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah opened today, bringing together five Aboriginal artists for the first time at our site. The gallery is an Aboriginal expression that perfectly describes how the local communities are not only still going, but are dynamic and alive.

From 19 March to the 13 May, the Blue Mountain Botanic Gardens Mount Tomah will be hosting an exclusive exhibition that brings together five local aboriginal artists: Wayne Brennan, Shane Smithers, Chris Tobin, Leanne Tobin and Uncle Peter Williams.

The five artists are locals of the Blue Mountains, and use the power and connection to their local heritage, symbols and patterns in a contemporary way to create this vibrant exhibition. Come see their inspirational work, completely for free, at the Visitor Centre.

Wayne Brennan
Wayne is of Kamilaroi ancestry, and has trained in in archaeology. His specialisation is rock art, and is passionate about the natural world. Rock art is extremely significant to Indigenous peoples of Australia, as the earliest rock at has been dated almost 30,000 years old.

Shane Smithers
Shane is a Darung man of the Burraberongal clan. He   trained at Macquarie University and has a PhD in Philosophy. His work as an artist includes painting, carving and sculpting in a range of materials. He aims to tell ancient and modern stories through the use of traditional Aboriginal designs.

Leanne Tobin
Leanne is a Darug artist and playwright from Warratah in Newcastle. In 2011 she won the Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize and is the recipient of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Creative Residency in 2017. Through her work she aims to highlight our shared role in caring for country while conveying the intrinsic spiritual connection Aboriginal people have always had with this land.

Chris Tobin
Chris is a Darug man from Western Sydney who resides in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. As a descendant of the local people who traditionally cared for this part of the world, one of the ways Chris seeks to do this in a contemporary setting today is through art and education. He believes that if people could learn more about the Aboriginal culture and history of this country they would love the country more and hopefully develop a better relationship with it than what is currently on offer

Uncle Peter Williams
Peter is from Brewarrina and a descendant of the Garulgiyalu clan of the Ngemba Nation. He is not only an artist, but also a song writer, cultural educator and musician. He creates new art, songs and dances from his tribe’s stories and teachings in order to pass on his teaching to a new generation and to keep his clan’s culture alive.

Event Details

  • Date: 19 March to 13 May 2018
  • Times: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Location: Visitor Centre, Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Mount Tomah
  • Price: Free

Many of the pieces at the exhibit will be available to purchase, as part of our ongoing support for the local communities. Future interview opportunities with the artists will be made available, if you are interested in an interview, please contact the media below.

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