From the Woiwurrung language, Narrun Yana means spirit journey. Narrun Yana is a deadly collective of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists based in Narrm.
Our collective’s name reflects our journey from out of home care and high school into adulthood, as artists and contributors to our community. Narrun Yana is a space where we create work together in a culturally safe environment.
Join artists Rubii Red (Lama Lama), Tara Butterworth-Gonebale (Wagiman), Nakia Cadd (Gunditjmara, Yorta, Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Bunitj) and Gina McRae (Ngarrindjeri) as they present their latest work for Wominjeka.
Curator/Artist mentor: Megan Cope
Mentor: Jirra Harvey
OPENING: Sunday 27 May, 2pm
EXHIBITION: 14 May – 9 June
VENUE: Gabriel Gallery
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Rubii Red is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait woman from Cairns, Queensland. Her mob are the Lama Lama people of Coen, in the Cape York Peninsula but she has grown up in Melbourne, Victoria in foster care. Rubii is an aspiring photographer and film-maker, writer, portrait and abstract artist. Rubii’s abstract works are focused on her emotions, experiences and thoughts and help her to release both negative and positive feelings. Her goal is to combine her love of portraiture with her more abstract pieces, focusing on her subject’s emotions and using colours to tell their stories. Rubii has her own YouTube channel Life of Rubii on which she tells her story and shares positive images of the Aboriginal community.
Nakia Cadd is a proud Gunditjmara, Yorta, Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Bunitj woman who grew up in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. Her practice is mainly drawing and she creates strong design sensibilities that connect with her family lines and landscapes of her Country’s. Nakia is interested in creating new ranges of babywear for community and excited about motherhood influencing her future artworks.
Gina McRae is a proud young Ngarrindjeri woman from Adelaide, South Australia who has grown up in Melbourne, Victoria. Her practice includes commissioned based paintings that are intuitive and combine her personal Aboriginal designs over vibrant colour spectrums. Gina paints responding to people and creates abstract interpretations from her feelings. When Gina was young, one of her older cousins encouraged her to paint after she saw one of the works he did in prison.
Tara-Rose is a proud Wagiman woman born and raised in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. She is an aspiring young artist who works with different painting and drawing techniques. The themes of her art include family and her understanding of culture. Tara’s aim with her art is to grow as an artist, explore new techniques, especially textiles, and continue it into her adult years creating a lifestyle out of it for herself.
Presented in association with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.
VACCA is a statewide Aboriginal community controlled organisation advocating for the rights of Aboriginal children, young people and families, and providing them with services, self-determination, cultural respect and safety. VACCA is the lead Aboriginal child and family welfare organisation in Victoria, providing programs and services to reinforce Aboriginal culture and encourage best parenting practices, as well as advising government in relation to child abuse and neglect in the Aboriginal community. VACCA aims to increase its Aboriginal workforce and develop valuable career pathways for its staff, in particular Aboriginal staff.
Narrun Yana Art Collective is supported by Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.
1- Image courtesy of Narrum Yana Art Collective.