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Guraban: where the saltwater meets the freshwater

Main Gallery
29 October 2022 – 29 January 2023

Combining historical material and objects, documents and photographs sourced from public and private collections along with the work of leading First Nations visual artists, Dennis Golding, Nicole Monks & Jenine Boeree, Djon Mundine, Marilyn Russell and Jason Wing, the exhibition presents stories associated with the Georges River in the local region, highlighting multiple perspectives on Aboriginal connections to the river, its people and places.

It has been developed in collaboration with local First Nations groups, individuals, artists and the Gujaga Foundation, a peak organisation leading Dharawal language and cultural activities, providing services relating to Aboriginal culture in eastern, southern and southwestern Sydney. The commissioned artworks have been made possible through funding from Create NSW.

The opening of this exhibition was held on Friday 28 October 2022. Welcome to Country: Uncle Michael West (Gamilaroi/Wailwan), Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. Guest Speaker: Dr Mariko Smith, Manager, First Nations Collections & Engagement, First Nations Division, Australian Museum.

Exhibition catalogue

Hardcopy exhibition catalogues are now available for purchase for $20.00.

Purchase your exhibition catalogue online or at the Museum & Gallery. Free postage Australia wide.

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Take a walk through the 'Guraban: where the saltwater meets the freshwater' exhibition virtually. Please press on the play button below.


Events on offer for this exhibition

Baby explorers

Laughing baby lying down on a blanket

Join a tour of the current Main Gallery exhibition, Guraban: where the saltwater meets the freshwater, with your little one. 

A special sensory pit of soft and textured materials, interesting sounds, colours and shapes will also be available for your baby to explore. 

For more information on each event, use the What's On Event links below:

•    Wednesday 9 November, 10.15am-11.30am - This event has passed. 
•    Wednesday 14 December, 10.15am-11.30am - This event has passed. 

Bangawarra Art Yarns: for older and Elder mob 

Image of a hand creating Aboriginal art

Take part in a free interactive contemporary art program specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older and Elder people, their families of any age, and their care networks. We invite you to share a yarn, engage in artmaking, and connect with culture and community.  We acknowledge that this program is a closed space only for Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander community members.  Created and delivered by MCA Aboriginal artist educators, hosted by Hurstville Museum & Gallery. 

•  Monday 14 November 2022, 10.30am-12.00pm - This event has passed.  
•  Monday 21 November 2022, 10.30am-12.00pm - This event has passed. 
•  Monday 28 November 2022, 10.30am-12.00pm - This event has passed. 
•  Monday 5 December 2022, 10.30am-12.00pm - This event has passed. 

Dr. Virginia Keft is a proud Murriwarri woman. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator, First Nations producer, and award-winning researcher with over 25 years' experience working in the Arts Sector. Virginia brings an open and collaborative approach to her arts and cultural practice.Image of Art Yarns logo

Virginia has a passion for learning and a deep respect for the continuity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and knowledges, perspectives, and truth-telling. She holds a Doctorate (PhD - Medalist) from the University of Wollongong, along with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA - Distinction), and a Bachelor of Arts (BA - Class 1 Honours). Virginia is the coordinator and curator of Bangawarra Art Yarns: for older and Elder mob at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.   

To learn more, please visit the Museum of Contemporary Art website bangawarra Art Yarns | Learning | MCA Australia or contact or call (02) 9250 8425.

Weaving Connections with Murrawarri artist Virginia Keft 

Image of hands and someone weaving
Murrawarri artist, Virginia Keft, invites you to spend the morning with her for a free drop-in weaving and yarning workshop in the gallery. Connect with others while you learn about Aboriginal weaving techniques, share a story, and discover a new skill. Participants are invited to take home their creations or contribute to a collaborative weaving artwork. No prior experience is necessary; whether this is your first time, or you are a master weaver - all are welcome. Weaving materials will be provided. This is an all-ages workshop.

•  Tuesday 22 November 2022, 10.30am-12.30pm - This event has passed. 
•  Tuesday 13 December 2022, 10.30am-12.30pm - This event has passed. 
•  Tuesday 17 January 2023, 10.30am-12.30pm - This event has passed. 
•  Tuesday 24 January 2023, 10.30am-12.30pm  - This event has passed. 

Image: Virginia Keft, mirrinj (star) detail, 2022, woven raffia.

Bush tucker walks with Brenden Moore

Image of Brenden Moore using an Aboriginal didgeridoo instrument
Join Brenden Moore in learning about some of the edible medicinal, ceremonial plants and leaves in our own backyard.

For centuries, First Nations people have gathered and harvested this bush tucker, but the rest of us are only beginning to learn about the incredible natural and native food resources on our doorstep.

Through his skills and experience Brenden inspires Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities such as the Thurawal Aboriginal Corporation in Western Sydney, Juvenile Justice Centres and schools to reconnect with nature and the environment, learn about native plants, bush regeneration, gardening, health and wellbeing.  This event is suitable for all ages.

•  Saturday 26 November 2022, 11.00am-1.00pm - This event has passed. 
•  Saturday 21 January 2023, 10.00am-12.00pm - This event has passed. 

Open Days

     artwork: wood boomerangs and small black pieces

Join us for a free Open Day with our current exhibition ‘Guraban: where the saltwater meets the freshwater’, suitable for the whole family.   

Join Aboriginal artist and educator Koreena Leverett, for interactive artefacts shows and cultural performances, from 11am – 1.30pm.  

Free guided tours, craft station. All welcome. No bookings required. 

•  Saturday 10 December 2022, 10.00am-4.00pm - This event has passed. 
•  Saturday 21 January 2023, 10.00am-4.00pm - This event has passed. 

Early learning preschool program

artwork: wood boomerangs and small black pieces
We invite early learning centres to register their interest for a free program with Aboriginal Artist and Educator Koreena Leverette at Hurstville Museum & Gallery to explore the Guraban: where the saltwater meets the freshwater exhibition. 

Monday 12 December 2022 - This event has passed. 

Cost: Free 
Age: 3-5 years with their Early learning educators 

Please register your interest or call (02) 9330 63444.

Visual Arts education resource 

This resource presents a case study for each artist which includes images and a description of the exhibited work, along with a Q&A with the artist discussing their artmaking practice, methods and materials. Accompanying each artist case study is a series of activities through which students may analyse and interpret works, and apply their understanding to their own artmaking practice. This resource supports the Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus outcomes for Visual Arts for years 7-12. Content has been designed with reference to the four frames and the Conceptual Framework.

Hurstville Museum & Gallery would like to thank Heather Davidson, Visual Arts teacher at Macquarie Fields High School, for her guidance and assistance developing these resources.

                    painting of Djon Mundine and his name in black letters   Jason Wing name in black letters and his artwork   Rarilyn Russell name in black letters and her artwork   

                                                        Jenine Boeree & Nicole Monks names and artwork   Dennis Goldin name and artwork

Images: Collection of miniature souvenir boomerangs, mangrove wood, made by Ancestors, various locations, 1926-1938. Collection: Hurstville Museum and Gallery (detail). Dennis Golding, Remnants, 2022, epoxy resin, concrete, dye, acrylic. Collection of the artist (detail).

Guraban: Where the Saltwater meets the Freshwater is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

NSW Government logo with red waratah and blue text that reads NSW Government

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