Uncle
Bruce Shillingsworth

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Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth

 Bruce Shillingsworth is a Muruwari and Budjiti man, a talented artist and water for the rivers activist.

His country is the north-west NSW river lands that hug the Namoi, Barwon, Darling Rivers; Brewarrina, Bourke, Enngonia, Wilcannia and Walgett.

Bruce’s family are painters, dancers and rainmakers.  Bruce is a cultural educator in Sydney and leads a cultural revival dance group in the north-west.  

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Save the Rivers

The north-west river communities have been devastated by water stealing by big cotton farmers and irrigators.  Successive  governments have failed to preserve the integrity of the rivers on which First Nations people depend for their life and livelihood. 


In October 2019, Bruce is bringing together communities along the river in a Corroboree to unite people to solve this unprecedented crisis. We need your help, and invite you to join us at this historic gathering.

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Art

"Many of my art works are related to the ancestral stories of my people and land, mainly depicting my Mother's life stories that had been passed down through generations.  

Throughout my career, I have been concerned with articulating relationships to place, to people and to history, often at the same time. I make sure culture stays strong in my family line. 

My work is composed of contemporary and traditional symbols, patterns and colours and through the use of oil and acrylic, I paint pictures with my detailed knowledge  of the landscape and its embedded spiritual connections. 

These are paintings about my country. I have been painting for a long time now. When I paint my pictures, I think about how to make a good painting, a strong one. Sometimes, I'm just thinking from memory about all the country I've been to and the stories I have. My paintings are  spiritual and hold all the culture from my country"

Exhibitions

Welcome to Our River Corroboree Project

Events

4-7 July 2019

NAIDOC WEEK 107 Gallery Redfern, NSW

All day

107 Gallery Redfern Street, Redfern

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4-7 July 2019

NAIDOC WEEK 107 Gallery Redfern, NSW

107 Redfern Street Exhibition and sale of Bruce Shillingsworth original artworks, limited edition prints, cards, tshirts. Saturday 6th July come and join Bruce and guest speakers for a discussion about Saving the Rivers 

All day

107 Gallery Redfern Street, Redfern

2 July

Blackchat interview with Lola Forrester

11am - 11.45 am

Estuary Park

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2 July

Blackchat interview with Lola Forrester

Listen in on Koori Radio (93.7 FM), Tuesday,  8th July at 11am as Bruce yarns with Lola Forester about the state of our rivers and how he is using his art to bring his message to life

11am - 11.45 am

Estuary Park

Save our Rivers

Corroboree October 2019

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Join with the communities along the Barwon/Darling Rivers as we come together to save our rivers

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Support

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Wear a tshirt to spread the word. Proceeds will support the Corroboree

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Learn

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Join Bruce at NSW Parliament House  for an exhibition of his art and hear him talk about the River crisis

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