Mudlark (Jilinbirri) Metals

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION


Mudlark (Jilinbirri) Metals is a delicate and intricate body of work that captures detailed woven designs and represents a traditional Aboriginal craft in metal. This exhibition showcases the work of the Jilinbirri Weavers in a new and contemporary art form, and brings to life the Aboriginal artists' sense of community and cultural heritage. ART ON THE MOVE presents this exciting, contemporary exhibition and will be touring these intricate works throughout Australia.

In 2013, contemporary WA jewellery designer Helena Bogucki travelled to Carnarvon to experience this sense of community and work with the Jillinbirri Weavers to develop their art forms. Through the use of traditional materials such as grasses and wool, and experimenting with found objects, such as wire, seeds, and banana fibre, the Weavers have translated their woven forms into innovative cast metal objects.

The Jilinbirri Weavers are a small group of Aboriginal artists from Carnarvon in WA, including Antoinette Roe, Elaine Moncrieff, Marjorie Winmar and Avy Robinson. They have worked together since 2004, dedicating their lives to cultural heritage and community through their arts practice, creating a unique and contemporary style that celebrates the Gascyone region and their community.

Mudlark Metals woven baskets were created as representations of the Jilibirri Weavers time spent at the Gascoyne river flats, “where the desert meets the sea" . These works were crafted in traditional materials inspired by the artists' childhood stories, growing up in station out camps around the Pilbara and Murchison areas. Many stories of family fishing trips, camping and horse riding in the outback, can be seen through these detailed works.

The word Jilinbirri comes from the North West Australian Aboriginal Yamatji word for an Australian bird, and is also known as mudlark in Western Australia. Jilinbirri's are characterised by their group gatherings and playful behaviour, they are also well known for their nests made of grass and plant material woven together with mud, lined with feathers and fur.

Mudlark Metals brings together the community spirit and childhood stories of the Jilinbirri Weavers and showcases their beautiful intricate works in a unique and contemporary art form.

ITINERARY


2017
March 3 – April 30, 2017 Freycinet Gallery, Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre, Denham WA

2016
May 6 – July 25, 2016 WA Museum Albany, Albany WA
January 21 – February 20, 2016 Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, Wanneroo WA

2015
August 7 – September 11, 2015 Carnarvon Library and Gallery, Carnarvon WA
June 18 – July 26, 2015 ArtGeo Cultural Complex, Busselton WA

EXHIBITION DETAILS


ORGANISING INSTITUTION
Jilinbirri Weavers, Gwoonwardu Mia

EXHIBITION CURATOR/COORDINATOR
Sarah Trant

ARTISTS
Antoinette Roe, Elaine Moncrieff, Marjorie Winmar, Avy Robinson, Helena Bogucki (mentoring artist)

MEDIUM
cast and lost wax bronze, natural fibres, wool and yarn

INSTALLATION
69 artworks (display cabinets and plinths provided)
60 -120 square metres

LEARNING CENTRE
Education resource (includes teachers notes, curriculum and ideas, glossary of terms, primary and secondary gallery questions)
Free education and public programs (includes public events, artist talks incursion and excursion with schools, discounted ARTBUS, sponsored by Healthway to promote the Smarter than Smoking message)

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT*
Weaving workshops

MARKETING
Media on the Move Kit (includes e-invitation template, artwork for hard copy invitation, media release, promotional images, logos and acknowledgements)

INTERPRETATION MATERIALS
Exhibition ART ON THE MOVE and Healthway panels
Artwork labels
Exhibition brochures (free for distribution)

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES*
Working across cultures; Protocols for working with Aboriginal communities; Working with touring exhibitions

TOUR DURATION
May 2015 - December 2018
Available WA and interstate

COST SHARE
WA $2,200.00 (inc gst)
Interstate to be advised

CRATES
8 crates, totalling 13.2 cubic metres; exhibition delivered by a dedicated vehicle (WA)

*Extra cost involved