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Join wonderful, local First Nations artists Kait James, Gerard Black, and Tarryn Love, for a panel discussion around the NAIDOC 2022 theme, “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!”
Spend the afternoon hearing firsthand how art not only enables and strengthens cultural connection, but can also serve as a platform for activism, for change and for sharing a unique point of view. Facilitated by proud Noongar and Tuwharetoa artist and curator, Kiri Tawhai, the panel will provide opportunity for discussion, connection and conversation. Panellists will share their diverse perspectives, and audience members - both online and in person - will have a chance to engage with the panel through a live Q&A.
Now in its second year, Geelong Arts Centre’s Cultural Conversations series aims to bring First Nations voices and stories to the forefront, and to provide a culturally safe space in which to engage in shared learning and important discussions.
This is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people of all backgrounds and gender identities to gather, join the conversation, ask questions, and walk together.
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About Kiri Tawhai
Kiri is a proud Noongar and Tuwharetoa woman who grew up on Jaburara Country amongst the red dirt and the spinifex and the beautiful islands of the Dampier Archipelago. A mother of three, an Aunty, a sister, a daughter, a cousin and a niece.
Kiri has had a lifelong love of art in all forms and graduated Deakin University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts in 2018. She is an Artist, Curator, Collaborator and Mentor, who has had a collaborative artwork exhibited in Tokyo, curated multiple exhibitions and held a solo show here in Geelong.
With 17 years of facilitating art and play workshops for people aged 0 to 100, Kiri has worked as a youth activities officer for the City of Greater Geelong and as a multimedia artist. Kiri is a storyteller with a passion for learning, sharing Knowledge and respecting old ways of knowing and doing within a contemporary world.
About Kait James
Kait James is a proud Wadawurrung woman and award-winning contemporary artist.
Kait has a love of textiles, colour and embroiders kitsch found materials. Her current work focuses on presenting Indigenous perspectives with familiar pop-cultural references using Aboriginal Souvenir Tea Towels from the 1970-80s that generalise and stereotype her culture.
Using humour and vivid colours, Kait addresses the way white western culture has dominated Australia’s history, and how Australia and the world perceives our First Nations’ peoples. She endeavours to develop and use her art in ways that encourage responsiveness, unity and optimism within and beyond Indigenous communities.
About Gerard Black
Gerard Black is a proud Worimi man. Gerard grew up in Torquay and has a deep connection to Wadawurrung Country, where he has been nurtured and grown.
Gerard’s interest in art started at school, but he spent time as a builder and only later returned to his art roots to become an internationally recognised tattoo artist and more recently a fine artist.
About Tarryn Love
Tarryn Love is a proud Gunditjmara Keerray Woorroong woman and artist from south-west Victoria and has grown up on Wadawurrung country.
Tarryn works closely with her sister to encompass the idea of being sisters and Gunditjmara women who use art to continually learn about their culture. Tarryn is inspired to celebrate her culture as a result of the impact her grandfather and her experience of being nurtured by family, who guide and teach her culturally.
Proudly supported by the NIKERI Institute and Deakin University. The NIKERI Institute and Deakin University are committed to Knowledge sharing and are proud to support Geelong Arts Centre and their Cultural Conversations.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which Geelong Arts Centre stands, the Wadawurrung People of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, to Elders present and to emerging leaders, recognising their continuing connection to land, water, culture and community.