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The Lock-Up to host its inaugural exhibition by female First Nations artist

Lauded Sydney-based trans-disciplinary artist Nicole Monks is bringing her exhibition miyarnuwimanha to The Lock Up next month, marking the first time the gallery has hosted a solo showing by a female First Nations artist.

Miyarnuwimanha translates to ‘learning, becoming knowledgable’ and Nicole, a Wajarri Yamatji woman with Dutch and English heritage, through collaborations with a range of First Nations artists, explores the innate and unconscious interconnectedness to Country, community and culture.

The exhibition also looks at how knowledge is transferred through lived and intergenerational experiences including storytelling, the Stolen Generation, caring for country, and different ways of learning, and living on unceded lands.

A main focus of miyarnuwimanha is a major collaboration between Nicole and local Worimi artist Luke Russell who are developing an ephemeral site-specific and sound-centric installation for the exhibition.

This work will bring Russell’s Worimi heritage and his connection to
Country to the forefront, centring the exhibition around local knowledge and
the importance of shared learning and community connection.

Other artists that have collaborated with Nicole for the exhibition include: Yamaji Artists, Jenine Boeree, Jasmine Miikika Craciun, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Willie Messenger, Bidi-Bidi Monks, Lotte Hilder, David Leha, Dale Collier, Elvie Dann, and Donna Biles Fernando as Curatorial and Cultural Advisor.

The exhibition will also feature a catalogue essay by Australian Literary Society gold medal winner Charmain Papertalk Green.

In 2016, Nicole won the Marika Memorial 3D Art Award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin, and is the recipient of the CreateNSW Design Mentorship Program. She is also currently on the
Design Advisory Panel for the Museum of Applied Arts (MAAS) and UNSW Art and design.

Nicole Monks’ miyarnuwimanha is showing at The Lock-Up from Saturday 12 September to Sunday 8 November. Head here for more info.

Written by Newcastle Live

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