Australian Design Centre is partnering with UNSW Galleries and UNSW School of Art & Design to present 'Barangga' a yarning series that celebrates culture and community in First Nations design and making practices across Australia.

This four-week program of workshops and conversations will be held at key design institutions across Sydney.

'Barangga' is a Dharawal word meaning 'large vessel' or 'island'. It speaks to the significance of design and crafts in First Nations practices, while embodying the notion of bringing people together and holding space for community.

The program connects leading First Nations designers and creatives working in graphics, digital design, object, tool making, weaving, sculpture, painting, and more, with renowned First Nations curators and producers to discuss the power of creative practice.

We’re proud to be part of this initiative with our First Nations Creative Producer Dakota Dixon leading the way. Dakota will host a workshop and talk presented by award-winning Gamilaroi digital designer and creative Travis De Vries at ADC on Friday 28 October.

Full program of events:

Emu Adornment Weaving Workshop: Nicole Monks
4–5pm Friday 21 October 2022
UNSW Galleries

Led by trans-disciplinary creative Nicole Monks, this workshop offers participants an opportunity to engage in a communal activity, and learn how to weave adornments with emu feathers and raffia.

Yarn: Leanne Tobin & Georgia Mokak
5–6pm Friday 21 October 2022
UNSW Galleries

Hear from Dharug multidisciplinary artist and designer Leanne Tobin in a yarn with Georgia Mokak, First Nations Research & Engagement Coordinator, National Art School.

Workshop: Building a Digital Practice
3–4.30pm Friday 28 October 2022
Australian Design Centre

In this workshop, Travis De Vries will guide you through the process of turning your arts practice towards a digital audience, and will discuss the development of his the creative social enterprise Awesome Black.

Yarn: Travis De Vries & Dakota Dixon
5–6pm Friday 28 October 2022
Australian Design Centre

Join award-winning Gamilaroi digital designer and creative Travis De Vries for a yarn with Dakota Dixon, First Nations Creative Programs Producer at Australian Design Centre.

Fishing Spear Making Workshop: Luke Russell
1–4pm Friday 4 November 2022
Australian National Maritime Museum

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn from Gringai/Worimi man and Cultural Knowledge Holder Luke Russell, and participate in making fishing spears using sourced and natural materials.

Yarn: Luke Russell & Matt Poll
5–6pm Friday 4 November 2022

Learn about the practice of Kuueeyung, traditional bark canoe-making, and fishing spear-making with Gringai Worimi man Luke Russell in a yarn with Matt Poll, Manager Indigenous Programs at Australian National Maritime Museum.

Yarn: Sharyn Egan & Beau James
5–6pm Friday 11 November 2022

Learn about art and design practices with Nyoongar painter, weaver, and sculptor Sharyn Egan in a yarn with Beau James, Head of First Nations Programming, Sydney Opera House.

This series of programs has been led by UNSW Professor of Practice, UNSW Galleries Advisory Board member, and trans-disciplinary creative Nicole Monks. Presented by UNSW Galleries and UNSW School of Art & Design Research Forum.

This program is supported by mili mili, Australian National Maritime Museum, Australian Design Centre, and Design Institute of Australia.

Explore the full program on the UNSW Galleries page

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