Wave Hill/Canberra Exchange exhibition expands on Megalo Print Studio + Gallery’s commitment to Indigenous people, culminating in the launch of six new limited edition prints collaboratively produced by Indigenous artists from Wave Hill and Canberra, assisted by printmakers from Megalo Print Studio.
The Exchange will be officially launched on on Saturday 13th July with a performance by Dale Huddleson and the Riverbank Band.
Dale Huddleson and the Riverbank Band have been performing their original pop and rock songs and supporting many other Aboriginal Artists for the past 20 years including Troy Cassar-Daley, Emma Donovan and Lee Morgan to name a few. Based in Canberra, the band was established in 1989 and have performed thoughout Australia.
Wave Hill/Canberra Exchange recognises the significant connection between the Gurindji people of Daguragu and Kalkarindji communities, whose ground‑breaking strike in the 1960s heralded the birth of the national land rights movement. Canberra played a significant role in this seminal moment in Australian history, as the Gurindji people and their supporters dealt with government and politicians from 1966 to 1975.
When the Gurindji, Mudpurra, Malngin, Ngarinman, Bilinara and Warlpiri peoples walked off Wave Hill Station in 1966 it was the start of an eight-year strike, initially for wages, but ultimately about gaining back rights to their lands. The campaign became Australia's first successful land claim when then Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam poured sand into the hand of Gurindji/Malngin leader Vincent Lingiari in 1975, creating a lasting bond between Canberra and Wave Hill.
The contemporary connection between the Federal Government with its ongoing implementation of the NT Intervention and the communities associated with Wave Hill has an entirely different focus, emphasising the complex relationship between the First Peoples and the wider Australian community.
The Wave Hill/Canberra Exchange addresses this complex relationship by enabling an important cultural interchange between Aboriginal and non‑Aboriginal artists, desert outback and urbanised peoples, relationships to country and people as participants recall, reassess and reinvigorate this significant relationship.
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery has a long-standing association with Indigenous artists and has supported the struggle for Indigenous rights since its foundation in 1980. The Exchange will culminate in the production of six new limited edition prints collaboratively produced by Indigenous artists from Wave Hill and Canberra, assisted by printmakers from Megalo Print Studio.
As Canberra's first artist‑run gallery, the Megalo archive of prints and posters chronicles the diverse history of community concerns and action in Canberra over the last three decades.
Admission is free.
Image: Patricia Kalkarindgi & Antonia Aitken – Wave Hill/Canberra Exchange.
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