Buku-Larrnggay Mulka & The Indigenous Jewellery Project
- When 6 Oct - 15 Nov 2017
101/113-115 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
MON - FRI, 9AM - 5PM
(02) 9361 4555
Presented at the Australian Design Centre (ADC), the Bulay(i):Buku-Larrnggay Mulka & The Indigenous Jewellery Project exhibition features exciting new work by 40 Yolŋu jewellers from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka who have participated in workshops over two years as part of the Indigenous Jewellery Project led by writer and researcher Emily McCulloch Childs and UNSW Art & Design lecturer, contemporary jeweller and curator Melinda Young.
Founded in 2013, the Indigenous Jewellery Project (IJP) is the first nation-wide Indigenous Australian contemporary jewellery project. IJP works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned art centres across Australia, running workshops on country with traditional Indigenous jewellers, founding curator Emily McCulloch Childs and leading contemporary jewellers.
Part art project, part social enterprise, the aim of the Indigenous Jewellery Project is to strengthen and continue existing traditions and facilitate artists to develop a career as exhibiting contemporary artist jewellers through upskilling, involving developing practice and the use of professional jewellery materials. It is focused on developing and maintaining Aboriginal jewellery and small object tradition and practice, reinforcing the connection to traditional lands and the natural world and developing a sophisticated contemporary art craft practice, in which works are created that both sit on the body and outside it.
Buku-Larrnggay Mulka is one of Australia’s most prestigious and internationally recognised Aboriginal-owned art centres in Yirrkala, North-East Arnhem Land. The artists from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka are well known for their painting, sculpture, new media, printmaking and have been exhibited in many of Australia's leading public and commercial galleries. The centre is also known for practising and maintaining artistic and cultural traditions while creating exciting innovation with its art.
The jewellery practice from this region was included in the ADC/Object Gallery exhibition Art on a String in 2001 curated by Louise Hamby and Diana Young. The Yolŋu jewellers make stunning beadwork made from extremely fine seed beads, shells and shark vertebrae.
The Bulay(i) Project is the first jewellery-focused project held at Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka by the Indigenous Jewellery Project. Emily McCulloch Childs and Melinda Young ran workshops with the aim to maintain, innovate and document traditional Yolŋu jewellery practice and expanding jewellers’ practice to include new techniques and materials, such as metals.
Participants in Bulay(i):Buku-Larrnggay Mulka & The Indigenous Jewellery Project include: Marrnyula Mununggurr, Madinydjarr Yirrinyina #2 Yunupinu, Rerrkirrwanga Mununggurr, Djul’Djul’ Gurruwiwi, Djuwharrwharr Marika, Madatjula Yunupinu, Marrawaymala Yunupinu, Mandy Y. Wanambi, Dindirrk Mununggurr, Djerrknu Marika, Bitharr Waymaru, Mothara Wirrpanda, Djuwakan 2 Marika, Lewina Mununggurr, Munuy’nu Marika, Wundura Murrinyina, Ganaparra Gurruwiwi, Dwawukunbulun Mununggurr, Birrpuma Yunupingu, Gulalay Mununggurr, Metjmitj Mununggurr and Wirilpa Yunupingu.
Read a photo diary of the workshops held in April/May 2017 in Garland Magazine article here.
Explore more about Indigenous craft and design at ADC here
This exhibition is part of the 2017 Sydney Craft Week program which includes a series of exhibitions, events and projects on UNSW Art & Design's Paddington Campus.
Supported through the Australian Government's Indigenous Languages and Arts program.