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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 brought together communities along the river in a Corroboree to unite people to solve this unprecedented crisis.  Details of the 2020 Corroboree will be posted soon.

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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"

Welcome to Our River Corroboree Project

Events

28th September-2nd August, 2019

Yaama Ngunna Bakka Corroboree Festival

All day

Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Wilcannia, Menindee

Event Details

28th September-2nd August, 2019

Yaama Ngunna Bakka Corroboree Festival

Join us for the experience of a lifetime. Be part of a gathering to unite with First Nations communities along the Barwon/Darling Rivers to see what has happened to our rivers and explore ways to solve this crisis together

All day

Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Wilcannia, Menindee

14/12/2019

Yaama Ngunna Baaka 2019 Wrap Party

7pm - 10pm

Counter Point, 67 Raglan Street Waterloo 2017

Event Details

14/12/2019

Yaama Ngunna Baaka 2019 Wrap Party

Join Trish and Bruce Shillingsworth  to catch up after the Corroboree, shave a yarn, preview some films and photos. 

7pm - 10pm

Counter Point, 67 Raglan Street Waterloo 2017

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