LONGSTANDING

Bindimu, Sonya Breckenridge, Kylie Caldwell, Kristina Davis, Janelle Duncan, Tracey Duroux, Kim Healey, Wayne King, Arminel Nagas, Jasmin Stanford, Tim Stanford, Shaun Tucker and Jai Walker

Curated by Dr Bronwyn Bancroft with Kylie Caldwell, supported by The Returning, Arts Northern Rivers & Create NSW

July 6 – August 17, 2024

Longstanding

Jasmin Stanford

Coolamon (with native lobelia and plantain leaves)  2024,

hand carved, fired pottery, unglazed, 38 x 22cm,

$375

Longstanding

Jasmin Stanford

Digging sticks  2024,

hand carved, fired pottery, unglazed,

Large (36 to 42cm long) $125 

Small (27cm long) $100

Longstanding

Jasmin Stanford

Small bowl (with bush fruit)  2024,

hand carved, fired pottery, unglazed, 15 x 15cm,

$175

Longstanding

Tim Stanford

Travelling Country  2024,

porcelain shield, approx. 42 x 20cm,

$750

Longstanding

Tim Stanford

Community  2024,

ceramic shield, approx. 42 x 20cm,

$750

Longstanding

Tim Stanford

Connection to culture and Country  2024,

ceramic shield, approx. 42 x 20cm,

SOLD

Longstanding

Tim Stanford

Dreaming of Country  2024,

porcelain shield, approx. 42 x 20cm,

$750

Longstanding

Tim Stanford

Interconnectedness  2024,

ceramic shield, approx. 42 x 20cm,

SOLD

Longstanding

Tim Stanford

Long standing connection  2024,

porcelain shield, approx. 42 x 20cm,

SOLD

Longstanding

Tim Stanford

Maliyan (eagle)  2024,

dark matter shield, approx. 42 x 20cm,

$750

Longstanding

Tim Stanford

Maliyan (eagle)  2024,

porcelain shield, approx. 42 x 20cm,

$750

Longstanding

Tim Stanford

Maliyan (eagle)  2024,

red earth shield, approx. 42 x 20cm,

$750

Longstanding

Tim Stanford

Ripples in the river,

ceramic shield, approx. 42 x 20cm,

$750

Longstanding

Tracey Duroux

Beauty In Destruction  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 120 x 90cm,

$1,400

 

Longstanding

Jasmin Stanford

Bugulma  2024,

acrylic, charcoal and ochre on canvas,

4 panels 25 x 25cm each, 

$325 each or complete set for $1,250

 

Bugalma means to fix, to heal or to make good in Bundjalung.

Bugalma has been a word that has been used in our family for as long as I can remember. My first association of this word is with our Nanna. Nanna made an ointment from native lobelia that was used to heal all. The ointment was sold at Paddy’s Fat store in the 1930’s and was a source of income for my Nanna and family.

Of recent times as a family, I feel we are working toward strengthening our ties, telling our story and weaving our lives together.  The healing is in our connection to each other. Bugalma.

These paintings depict four generations of my family: myself, my father, my nanna and my great grandparents. Each painting contains elements that represent who they are, or what they did in life.

Wayne King

Kangaroo  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 26 x 16cm,

$325

 

Longstanding

Wayne King

Turtle  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 31.5 x 22.5cm,

$550

 

Longstanding

Wayne King

Ngamarl  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 38 x 28.5cm,

SOLD

Longstanding

Wayne King

Echidna  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 45 x 34cm,

$750

 

Longstanding

Arminel Nagas

Nyamul Bundjalung Jogan  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm,

$425

Longstanding

Arminel Nagas

Djanbung Bollan  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 53.5 x 58cm,

$375

Longstanding

Jai Walker

Up above  2024,

acrylic and paint pen on canvas, 100 x 80cm,

$4,500

 

A homage to them, "up above". 

We come from stars. 

We go back to stars.

Longstanding

Jai Walker

Jahna  2024,

acrylic pens on canvas, 100 x 80cm,

$4,500

Longstanding

Jai Walker

Jahna (detail) 2024,

acrylic on canvas,

100 x 80cm.

$4,500

Longstanding

Kylie Caldwell

Transversal  2024,

lomandra, 47 x 36 cm,

$750

Longstanding

Kylie Caldwell

Bag It Up  2024,

natural fibre, 100 x 26 cm,

SOLD

Longstanding

Shaun Tucker

The Narrow Window of Tolerance  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 120 x 90cm,

$1,150

Longstanding

Shaun Tucker

Turned Outward  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm,

SOLD

 

Only when you are Turned Outward can you truly see and hear others. Only then can you have reality in your line of sight.

It is when we are Turned Outward that we can discover our shared aspirations and make progress together.

Longstanding

Janelle Duncan

When I Weave (1)  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40cm,

SOLD

 

Weaving has helped me support my family. Its has carried me well into my journey of life.

Longstanding

Janelle Duncan

When I Weave (2)  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm,

$750

Longstanding

Kristina Davis

Gudyara (Sea)  2024

acrylic on canvas, 101 x 101cm,

$1,550

 

I dream of the sea turtle. I am Salt Water Women (Yuwi Bara Cobble Cobble) living on Bundjalung. The sea turtle visits me in my dreams.

Longstanding

Kristina Davis

Moon Spirits, 2024.

acrylic on canvas, 101 x 101cm.

SOLD

 

Tall spirit moon beings, holding strength and the light.

 

Longstanding

Kristina Davis

Rocky Energy, 2024

acrylic on canvas, 101 x 76cm.

$1,450

 

Rocks are sacred and come with energy from their homelands.

Longstanding

Kristina Davis

Guran jarawah (Welcome)  2024

acrylic on canvas, 90 x 120cm,

$1,450

 

The formation of the rocks has many lines of creation.

 

The formation of the rockshas many lines of creations.

Longstanding

Sonya Breckenridge

Self  2024,

acrylic on canvas, 132 x 60cm,

SOLD

 

Self depicts the spiritual connections I have to kinship and country.

 

Longstanding

Sonya Breckenridge

Islands in The Stream  2024,

acrylic on canvas,

SOLD

 

A love story, both lovers coming from different islands, Ulgundahi Island. and Cabbage Tree Island. My love story.

Longstanding

Kim Healey

Grandmother Tree  2024,

mixed media on canvas, 50 x 75cm,

$5,625

 

My matriarchal heritage is the foundation of my dreaming. Grandmother tree is a layered landscape of home, family and country.

Longstanding

Kim Healey

Knowledge Stone  2024,

hand carved hebal with red ochre ink and acrylic,

43 x 12 x 8.5 cm,

$3,125


The knowledge we inherit from our ancestors is a legacy that is sacred to our people. To practice and share this knowledge keeps our our culture strong for future generations to come.

Opening night: 5 – 7pm Friday 5 July 2024

Welcome to Country by Nickolla Clark and performance by Angel White

Curated by Dr Bronwyn Bancroft AM and Kylie Caldwell, the Longstanding exhibition features 13 Bundjalung artists: Bindimu, Sonya Breckenridge, Kylie Caldwell, Kristina Davis, Janelle Duncan, Tracey Duroux, Kim Healey, Wayne King, Arminel Nagas, Jasmin Stanford, Tim Stanford, Shaun Tucker and Jai Walker.

Each artist participated in the 'Bulaan Dalang Galii Naa' artist residency program and the exhibition showcases artworks created during that time.

The ‘Bulaan Dalang Galii Naa’ program, developed by The Returning Indigenous Corporation in collaboration with Arts Northern Rivers, supports emerging creative practitioners to foster connections, explore diverse art forms and mediums, and enhance skills in the art business.

Proudly supported by The Returning, Arts Northern Rivers and Create NSW.

ARTIST BIOS

BINDIMU BIO

Bindimu is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator. Her practice includes fibre art and sand painting, DJing, soundscapes, and cultural dance, prioritising the preservation of Indigenous arts practices such as fibre processing while living in a colonial landscape. Connection to Country is the foundation of Bindimu’s career as a full-time artist. Building on mastering her practice as a weaver/fibre artist, Bindimu was the recipient of a 2023 Create NSW Arts and Cultural funding which financed the creation of a new collection of wearable artworks entitled Numbuh exhibited at her first solo at Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery. Created with natural and raw fibres, natural dye pigments, the collection was a culmination of 34 individual pieces, the artworks were presented and modeled by six Indigenous performers in a runway style exhibition. The collection is described as ‘Blak Futurism’, an Indigenous perspective on the western ideologies of a post-apocalyptic world.

SONYA BRECKENRIDGE BIO

Sonya Breckenridge is a contemporary artist of Dunghutti / Bundjalung (Nyangbal / Widjabul) heritage. Based in Wollongbar northern NSW, her work in painting, weaving and public art is a representation of her family history, memories and connection to culture. Sonya grew up on Cabbage Tree Island and spent time on her father’s ancestral land of Green Hill before returning to Ballina. These rich experiences of living and connecting together with family on Country have informed many of Sonya’s paintings. These stories have come from listening, understanding and respecting her family and Elders. Her vibrant colour palette and symbolic linework shares her connection to water and stories of different meeting places, often representing her people and her family. She has six children and five grandchildren, all of which are an inspiration in her storytelling.

KYLIE CALDWELL BIO

Kylie Caldwell is a unique Bundjalung artist & mentor is based in Northern Rivers, NSW. Her creative practice is a dynamic blend of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal values and themes, drawing from her rich cultural experiences. She plays with allegory, metaphors, and authentic imagery to look into intimate cultural codes, highlighting the values of perseverance, evolvement, and grit. The significance of kinship, customs, and ongoing custodianships of homelands are her guiding principles.

KRISTINA DAVIS BIO

Kristina Davis is a proud Yuwi Cobble Cobble and South Sea Islander woman. Kristina is a healer, supporting people to come back to right relation with land and themselves. Kristina is passionate about art and culture, and telling stories through her paintings. She enjoys using big, bright colours to emphasise the beauty of the country she grew up on. She remembers going to the islands with her mother and seeing the country and the coral reef, which informs her designs incorporating those bright beautiful colours of country. Kristina Davis is currently completing a residency and mentorship with The Returning and Arts Northern Rivers that will be completed at the end of 2024.

JANELLE DUNCAN BIO

Janette (Janelle) Duncan was born 1964 in Mungindi, Australia and is a proud Kamilaroi woman. Aunty Janelle joined Aunty Margaret Torrens, Theresa Bolt and Kylie Caldwell to create the Casino Wake Up Time women's weaving group.

Katina Celsy was the first teacher for the group. Janette Duncan has held several exhibitions with the group locally on Bundjalung country as well as showing at Boomalli Gallery in Sydney and the Biennale in Sydney 2022. Aunty Janelle loves weaving as it is a healing art which brings her closer to culture and supports her wellbeing. She is currently studying Aboriginal and Torres Islander Cultural Arts at TAFE NSW, and is also undertaking a one year artist residency with The Returning and Arts Northern Rivers.

TRACEY DUROUX BIO

Tracey Duroux is a proud Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr woman who currently resides on Bundjalung land. Tracey designs and handpaints jewellery, paints using acrylics, and is a contemporary weaving artist. She is a weaving teacher who encourages other young people to pick up culturally slow art practices to connect them to their ancestors. Tracey is a self taught graphic designer and she co-illustrated a book in 2011 called "yearning to go home" with John Rotunah, written by Paul Ishiguchi. Tracey creates for her own wellbeing and to share her family stories through cultural practices. She is currently undergoing a 12 month artists residency with The Returning and Arts Northern Rivers.

KIM HEALEY BIO

Deeply connected to her culture and country, Kim Healey has forged a reputation for her storytelling through a unique array of artistic mediums.

Working and creating out of her small studio cottage on the coastlines of the Clarence Valley, Kim continues to attract and engage a diverse audience, using a contemporary palate, modern design, deeply embedded with her heritage through the Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung people.

She strives to add additional dimensions to her art forming a strong sense of connection. Entwining color, light, and shadow, to bring a deeper meaning to her pieces – she has developed works across many mediums including photography, collage, printing, 3D imagery and sculpture. Spanning decades her exhibitions and global sales continue to build her reputation in the Indigenous art and design world.

Her recent sculptural work truly wraps the audience in the breadth of the colours and unique textures of her connection country and culture.

WAYNE KING BIO

Wayne King is an early career Aboriginal artist working with acrylic on canvas. He is a Widjabul Wia-bal, Githabul, Nyangbal and Dunghutti man living on Bundjalung Country in northern NSW. Wayne uses symbols to represent stories of community coming together, meeting places, animal tracks and waterholes. His paintings are a way for Wayne to learn more about culture, and to focus and have a clear mind. He is interested in trying different styles and processes.

ARMINEL NAGAS BIO

Arminel Nagas is an emerging artist whose work is an extension of her ancestry and cultural experiences. A contemporary Aboriginal artist from Bundjalung: Wahlubal and Gullabul, with heritage tied to South Sea Islanders, Arminel uses art to tell stories, celebrate culture and Country, and to continue the legacy of her parents and grandparents. She works across painting and wearable art such as jewellery and screen-printed clothing. Arminel has recently completed two murals titled ‘Wogun Webbard’ at the local school and preschool in Kyogle, in collaboration with local Bundjalung artist Jai Walker. Arminel has also been managing ‘Keeping Our Freedom Youth (KOFY)’, a local Aboriginal gallery and shop in Casino, and connecting with artists creating on Bundjalung country. Arminel’s practice shows the next generation of mob how to be creative with your own vision and to share knowledge of Country with community and beyond.

JASMIN STANFORD, DREAMING OF COUNTRY BIO

Jasmin is a Githabul Bundjalung artist based in Kyogle, NSW. She works across print-making, painting, ceramics, and sculpture. Drawn to the natural environment, her work explores her connection to Country and often reflects native flora and fauna such as eucalyptus, mirris (wild dogs), gihburs (sugar gliders) and binging (turtles). Favouring the immediacy of screen-printing, her process driven practice uses hand drawn and hand cut designs on sustainable apparel.

Jasmin is currently involved in a six month textiles residency through Arts Northern Rivers to further develop her textiles work. Recently, Jasmin’s focus has been developing her ceramics practice, experimenting with sculpture particularly wombats and burribis (koalas), and bowls of which she exhibited in a group show in Japan. Jasmin collaborates with her partner, Tim Standford as ‘Dreaming of Country’, a namesake which was born out of a deep interest in returning to Country.

TIM STANFORD, DREAMING OF COUNTRY BIO

Tim Stanford is a Yuwaalaraay Gamilaraay storyteller, living and working on Bundjalung Country, NSW. Originally taught by his Grandfather, Tim incorporates his experiences of living and painting with other mobs across Australia. His practice explores his Dreaming track and the Country he lives on. He works across multiple artforms including painting, ceramics and sculpture. Tim collaborates with his partner, Jasmin Stanford as ‘Dreaming of Country’, a namesake which was born out of a deep interest in returning to Country.

SHAUN TUCKER BIO

Shaun Tucker is a proud Wakka Wakka and Gangulu man, and an emerging visual artist based in Meanjin, Brisbane. With a trades background, Shaun’s works experiment with textures and forms spanning acrylic painting, ceramics and textiles. First inspired to grow his creative practice at an on-country camp, Shaun’s works explore songlines and his relationships with animals. Shaun is excited to continue learning and creating, building a practice grounded in reflection and connection to self.

JAI WALKER BIO

Jai Walker is a Wahlubal and Galibal man retaining, sharing and preserving Indigenous culture. His practice spans painting, drawing and cultural artefacts, moving between a range of materials including acrylic, ochre, clay, wood and weaving. He captures stories, knowledge and what has been passed on to bring awareness to how in depth Indigenous culture always has been and always will be. His work invites a more simplistic way of living and giving back to offer an alternative to contemporary times. Jai often describes his paintings as creating themselves, as he has a strong spiritual connection to his old people.