'OUR MOB' exhibition returns to Adelaide Festival Centre next month

EXHIBITION: 'OUR WORDS' panellist Nara Wilson will be part of the exhibition in Adelaide next month. Photo: Supplied

EXHIBITION: 'OUR WORDS' panellist Nara Wilson will be part of the exhibition in Adelaide next month. Photo: Supplied

The Adelaide Festival Centre is presenting this year's 'OUR MOB', a unique exhibition of art by Indigenous artists, as well as two new and free events shining a light on the art of storytelling.

The 2021 exhibition will be on display to the public at the centre's Artspace Gallery from September 1 to 30 and will feature three main components: 'OUR MOB', which is art by South Australian Aboriginal artists; 'OUR YOUNG MOB', which is art by Aboriginal artists aged 18 and under; and the Don Dunstan Foundation Prize solo exhibition, created by 2019's Emerging Artist Award recipient, Ngarrindjeri, Narrungga and Ngadjuri artist Sonya Rankine.

In addition to 'OUR MOB' are the two storytelling events, 'OUR WORDS' and 'OUR STORIES', which encourage people of all ages to come together to talk and share knowledge from a narrative more than 60,000 years old.

It will be at the centre's Space Theatre on Saturday, September 11.

In the morning, families are welcomed around the 'OUR STORIES' campfire on the stage to hear traditional Dreaming stories from local storytellers Margaret Brodie, Aunty Lena Rigney and Aunty Pat Waria-Read.

Following the performance, children seven years and up can attend an illustration workshop run by Yorta Yortawoman Karen Briggs,an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer.

Lovers of literature are invited to join some of the state's most exciting Indigenous writers and creatives at an afternoon of panels and conversations in the theatre, where they can listen to Narrungga poet Natalie Harkin, Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna writer and poet Dominic Guerrera and award-winning Yankunytjatjara author Ali Cobby Eckermann discuss themes of identity and representation in 'OUR WORDS'.

Other panellists include Martu author Karen Wyld, Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka writer, film and theatre director Alexis West, Wirangu, Kokatha and Larrakia SA Film Corporation executive Nara Wilson and Helpmann award-winning Pitjantjatjara and Warrigmal, South Sea actress and writer Elaine Crombie tackle the topic of Indigenous representation on stage and screen.

Adelaide Festival Centre chief executive officer and artistic director Douglas Gautier said art was at the heart of many regional and remote communities, and that they looked forward to supporting South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists throughout this year's events.

"The 'OUR MOB' exhibition of stunning works helps to promote the careers of First Nations artists and provides our patrons with the opportunity to access and purchase wonderful artwork directly from the artist," he said.

"We are thrilled to be expanding the program this year to include our new literary and storytelling events, 'OUR WORDS' and 'OUR STORIES'.

"It has been a privilege for our team at Adelaide Festival Centre to work with local storytellers to share their important knowledge to audiences."