The University of Newcastle, Australia


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Coming up at the University Gallery is RE-STITCHING CULTLURE a touring exhibition from Tamworth Regional Gallery that showcases examples of doll-making from three Indigenous groups. Please join the Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen for the exhibition launch on Thursday 22 February from 5:30pm at the University Gallery, Callaghan Campus. Exhibition dates: 21 February - 17 March 2018.

Doll-making is an intrinsic part of many Indigenous cultures across the world, including communities in Australia, Canada and South Africa. In all three cultures, doll-making represents a transfer of cultural knowledge, the building of capacity, and the reclaiming of Indigenous identity, on both a local and a collective level.

The benefits of these outcomes are important to supporting health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities. RE-STITCHING CULTURE showcases examples of doll-making from three Indigenous groups that continue to strengthen their local communities. Specifically, the Gomeroi Yarning dolls (Australia) which encourage the sharing of oral personal narratives; the Six Nations Cornhusk dolls (Canada) to promote the transmission of cultural teachings; and the Siyazama Zulu dolls (South Africa) used to create community support networks through locally relevant HIV/AIDS awareness.

RE-STITCHING CULTURE is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, and is a joint project between the Tamworth Regional Gallery, the Gomeroi Gaaynggal Arts Health Program, and The University Gallery, University of Newcastle. 

IMAGE: RE-STITCHING CULTURE DOLLS 2017 LEFT - RIGHT Aunty Audree Trindall, Audrey, Aunty Pearl Slater, Mum (Eileen), Arlettha, Johnny, Aunty Shirl Weatherall, My younger self (Shirley), Lyniece Keogh, Will & Tom
fabric, yarn, threads and filling

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