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LAST FRIDAYS: Celebrate Indigenous music and art-making with Enter The Void

The Illume Girls will perform at this month's Last Fridays event at Newcastle Art Gallery. Picture: Mia Peters Koscheke

To celebrate its current exhibition Void, Newcastle Art Gallery is throwing open its doors this Friday night for a night of Indigenous music and art-making.

This month’s Last Fridays event is dubbed Enter The Void and will see a special musical performance by the ethereal Illume Girls.

An offshoot of the Gambirra Mob, this talented trio are all about soul and emotion, sharing stories in song, singing in both English and Yolngu matha.

The event will also feature a sit-down bracelet weaving workshop hosted by local artist and basket weaver Michelle Napanangka Earl.

As a proud Darkinjung woman with Wonnarua ties, Michelle has a personal connection to the Hunter and respectfully teaches and celebrates the traditional Aboriginal culture of the communities that reside across the valley.

The knowledge and skills that Michelle shares have been passed down for thousands of years.

Curated by Emily McDaniel from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in central New South Wales,Void brings together the work of 14 Aboriginal artists – Pepai Jangala Carroll, Jonathan Jones, Mabel Juli, John Mawurndjul, Hayley Millar-Baker, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Rusty Peters, Doreen Reid Nakamarra, Andy Snelgar, Thancoupie, Freddie Timms, James Tylor, Jennifer Wurrkidj and Josephine Wurrkidj.

Visitors will also be able to check out the Gallery’s latest exhibition Bill Henson: The light fades but the gods remain.

In celebration of the Monash Gallery of Art’s 25th anniversary, Henson was commissioned to revisit the suburb of his childhood and to produce a new body of work reflecting upon his earlier series Untitled 1985–86, known by many as ‘the suburban series’.

This commission offers an unparalleled insight into one of Australia’s most revered artists as he explores the notion of home, intensifying the everyday to a point of dramatic revelation.

Last Fridays: Enter The Void is on at Newcastle Art Gallery on Friday 26 February. Head here for more information. Void runs until Sunday 18 April while Bill Henson: The light fades but the gods remain is on exhibition until Sunday 16 May.