Yelmo-Garang is the Kulin word for ‘Nest’. Conceived by Kat Clarke and Kate ten Buuren from this mob, the exhibition invites you to experience a space where time ceases to exist. Whether you wish to just sit, read, share or create, we know you will find something special and unique about this place. Make sure to leave your mark, and become part of this mob’s community. With a mix of traditional and contemporary First Nation’s culture, our space is a welcoming cove made for you to create, share and experience the energy that is Yelmo-Garang.
OPENING: Sunday 27 May, 12pm – 5pm
VENUE: Jack Kennedy Room
View the full Wominjeka Festival 2018 program HERE.
Kat Clarke (Yelmo-Garang Curator, Wominjeka 2018)
‘Yelmo-Garang is a place for you and me. It’s community. A place where people can be creative, share yarns and be immersed in the energies at play when they step into the space. Open for all who wish to just either experience the space for what it is and see it grow, or a chance to be creative. You don’t even need to be an expert to contribute. This is what we have tried to achieve while ensuring it is a culturally safe place that invites you in with a warm hug and sends you away feeling grounded.’
Being a proud Wotjobaluk woman from the Wimmera, Kat Clarke is a multi-talented creative, who takes pride in being active within both her own community and the many diverse communities around Melbourne. After graduating back in 2014 with a degree in Creative Writing from RMIT, she has gradually developed her craft by combining her skills and knowledge in community engagement, mentoring, music and the arts, screen, and education enabling her to work and consult with various mainstream, community, arts, and film organisations.
She is a part of the Victorian Blak Writer’s Group in Melbourne, and has collaborated with organisations such as – The Rag and Bone Man Press, RISE for Refugees, STREAT/RMIT, The Department of Education and Training, The Koorie Heritage Trust, Sista Girl Productions, The Wheeler Centre, Made In Melbourne Festival, Art Is Festival, Tin Man Games and the Emerging Writer’s Festival.
Kat dreams of one day developing a Community Cultural Arts Centre back home on country, where she aims to incorporate a culturally safe learning environment that supports creative talent, encourages self-care, and business management. One that embraces the sharing of cultures the arts and resources for all.
Kate ten Buuren (Yelmo-Garang Co-curator)
‘Yelmo-Garang is a space for mob to come together to yarn, create and celebrate our voices and our creativity! We are so excited to welcome you into the space, and all the beautiful conversations and events that are sure to occur here. It’s incredible what we can achieve when we’re all in the same room’.
Kate ten Buuren is a Taungurung emerging curator, artist and the founder of this mob, a collective dedicated to empowering the next generation of influential blak artists and creators.
ten Buuren examines past and current artistic climates, finding ways to weave in new narratives that explore blakness, politics, institutional critique and language, to centralise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems, practises and values.
In 2017, ten Buuren co-curatedYelmo-Garang in its first and second instalments at Footscray Community Arts Centre, creating community spaces inside the larger institution. As a part of YIRRAMBOI First Nations Art Festival, ten Buuren curated the exhibition Sky Country: Our Connection to the Cosmos at Blak Dot Gallery. As well as completing an undergraduate double degree in Arts and Visual Art at Monash University, ten Buuren’s artwork was also exhibited in the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize in Sydney this year.
this mob is an Indigenous run collective nurturing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists based in Melbourne.
Presented as part of Wominjeka Festival 2018 and FCAC’s Indigenous Cultural Program.
1- Yelmo-Garang, 2017. Image by Artificial Studios.