Exhibition exploring traditional practices opening at the Lock-Up

ORGANISER: Cherie Johnson is the curator of Transmission.

ORGANISER: Cherie Johnson is the curator of Transmission.

There’s been a resurgence of traditional practices within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and a new exhibition opening at The Lock-Up is looking to explore the response to those developments.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Transmission’, focuses on the renewing of indigenous culture, as well as the passing on of stories and lessons from generation to generation.

Billed as “an exhibition of strength, diversity and potency of living culture”, Transmission has a number of different styles of art and sculpture on display, including possum skin works, printmaking, graphic design, kelp sculptures, installations and video works, as well as the tradition burning of Akubra hats.

Included within the works are pieces and artworks by Billy and Lulu Cooley, Jason Coulthard, Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Cherie Johnson, Nicole Monks, David Leha, Steaphan Paton and Vicki West.

The new exhibition will also put nine sculptural works on display after they were created by students and staff from schools around the Hunter Valley.

Cessnock, Glendale, Kotara, Lake Munmorah, Singleton, Newcastle, Warners Bay and West Wallsend schools all contributed to the collection, with a tenth work created by 55 Aboriginal women that learned cultural weaving, and how it ties into their heritage, throughout the project.

Nine sculptural works were created by hundreds of students and staff of nine Hunter Region schools including Cessnock, Glendale, Kotara, Lake Munmorah, Singleton, Newcastle, Warners Bay and West Wallsend. The tenth work was created by over 55 Aboriginal women from the Hunter Region who connected with cultural weaving for the first time through the project.

The collection and exhibition is set to be curated by Cherie Johnson.

Opening night for the Lock-Up hosted event will be Saturday, October 21 from 5.30pm, and the doors of the exhibition will be open until December 3.