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Presented by South West Alternative Medium Project inc (SWAMP inc)


RSVP Friday 30 June

Exhibition open everyday Monday 3 July to Wednesday 12 July, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

This year, SWAMP brings its annual exhibition of works by local Indigenous artists to Narrawong for the first time.

On display during the exhibition is a maquette (scale model) of the sculpture to be installed at Mount Clay as part of the Narrawong Kang-o-meerteek Small Town Transformation.

Scale model of a sculpture showing gum leaves twisting in a flame shape.

Scale model of the sculpture to be installed on Mount Clay, by Gunditjmara man Wal Saunders.

Designed by Gunditjmara man Wal Saunders, the sculpture will speak to 2000 generations of continuous Indigenous culture and presence in the region.

It will feature a set of intertwined gum-leaves, mounted on their ends with their tips pointing upwards and the body of each leaf flowing together like the flames of a fire.

The design and location of the sculpture is a tribute to the Cart Gunditj who lit fires on their mountain as a signal to other clans that a whale had been beached. During first contact with the white whalers, this age-old tradition was used by the Cart Gunditj to signal the new comers of whale pods in the bay.

Come along to the exhibition to learn more about the story behind the sculpture, provide feedback on the project and view the artworks by other Indigenous artists from around the region.

SWAMP inc is an Indigenous managed, not-for-profit community arts organisation based in Portland Victoria, and a partner in the Kang-o-meerteek project.

Image credit: Artwork by Brett Clarke, 2016.