Walan Giiny (strong heart) Launch

Blog written by Elisa Carmichael

On Saturday, November 7, we launched our latest community exhibition, Walan Giiny (strong heart).

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We had a small community gathering to celebrate the beautiful works of the Nandjimadji art group and the artists who are featured in Walan Giiny. Garret Lyon greeted our guests with a live performance set and Aunty Maroochy Barambah welcomed the guests to her country. We had the pleasure of hearing the moving stories of Aunty Robyn Lennox and Troy Trumby-Freeman, two of the Nandjimadji artists who spoke at the launch while Sonia Cooper (Acting State Librarian) and Jennifer Cullen (Chief Executive Officer of Synapse) officially opened the exhibition.

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Nandjimadji artists, Aunty Robyn Lennox and Troy Trumby- Freeman

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Jennifer Cullen (Chief Executive Officer of Synapse) and  Sonia Cooper (Acting State Librarian)

After the official proceedings of the exhibition we enjoyed some afternoon tea together. This gave us a chance to mingle and talk about the beautiful works of the Nandjimadji art group. Each artwork in Walan Giiny tells a story of strength. It was wonderful to meet the artists of the Nandjimadji art group and hear these stories in person.

It is always such a special moment to see the artists arrive and see their works for the first time installed in kuril dhagun! The exhibition will be running until February 2016. If you plan on viewing Walan Giiny, I recommend putting some time aside to view the works, read and hear the artist’s stories. This is an exhibition not to be missed!

The Nandjimadji art group is sponsored by Suncare. Walan Giiny (strong heart) is presented by State Library in partnership with Suncare, First Peoples Disability Network and Synapse.

Walan Giiny

7th Nov 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm
Runs:Every day, until 21st Feb 2016
Venue: kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library, Stanley Place, South Bank
Cost: Free
More information: kuril dhagun
kuril.dhagun@slq.qld.gov.au 3842 9061