OUR MOB, OUR WORDS AND OUR STORIES at our Adelaide Festival Centre

Adelaide Festival Centre is proud to present this year’s OUR MOB, a unique exhibition of art by First Nations artists as well as the return of free in-person literary and storytelling events, OUR WORDS and OUR STORIES.

The 2022 OUR MOB exhibition will be on display to the public at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre foyer galleries from August 19 to October 7 and will feature four main components: OUR MOB: Art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists, OUR YOUNG MOB: Art by Aboriginal Artists 18 years and under, Trevor Nickolls OUR MOB Award supported by Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation solo exhibition by Kokotha artist Maude Parker and the Don Dunstan Foundation Prize solo exhibition, created by 2021’s Emerging Artist Award recipient, Kaurna, Narungga artist Jay Milera.

OUR WORDS and OUR STORIES events encourage people of all ages to come together to listen and share knowledge from a narrative that is over 60,000 years old at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre and Festival Theatre’s Quartet Bar on Saturday 3 September.

During the day, families are welcomed around the OUR STORIES campfire on the Space Theatre stage to hear traditional Dreaming stories from local storytellers Sonya Rankine, Aunty Michelle Jacquelin-Furr and Taylor Power-Smith. OUR STORIES provides the unique opportunity for young people to be immersed in First Nations culture and language.

Following the performance, children seven years and up can attend an illustration workshop run by award-winning illustrator and graphic designer, Yorta Yorta woman Karen Briggs, while younger audience members can participate in a colouring activity designed by emerging Narungga artist Shakaya Butler in Adelaide Festival Centre’s Children’s Artspace.

This year, OUR WORDS is curated by Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna writer and poet Dominic Guerrera and will be held in the Quartet Bar. Dominic has previously been a panellist at OUR WORDS and has recently been awarded the national Ooodgerro Noonuccal Poetry Prize.

Listen to activist and Narrungga poet Natalie Harkin, Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri archaeologist and TED Talk speaker Jacinta Koolmatrie and Wiradjuri librarian Nathan “mudyi” Sentance discuss themes of decolonising institutions, domestic labour, and Aboriginal narratives.

Other panellists include award-winning Yankunytjatjara author Ali Cobby Eckermann and founder and Artistic Director of Winda Film Festival, Yaegl woman Pauline Clague.

OUR WORDS curator Dominic Guerrera: “My vision for this festival is to hear from Aboriginal writers about broader topics and stories rather than just their current release or work. As Aboriginal writers, we are often boxed into rigid conversations or representations.

I want OUR WORDS 2022 to be a liberating experience, where our guest writers are able to shake off convention and just speak their minds, something I hope audiences will respond to positively.”

Adelaide Festival Centre Creative Producer Celia Coulthard:I am extremely proud to present another iteration of this important event that centres, champions and elevates the voices, stories and words of our First Nations literary community.”’

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM: “The OUR MOB exhibition will as always help to promote the careers of First Nations artists and provide South Australians with the opportunity to access and purchase artwork directly from the artist.

“We are also delighted to welcome back the storytelling events, OUR WORDS and OUR STORIES. It has once again been a privilege for our team at Adelaide Festival Centre to work with local storytellers and we look forward to sharing this experience with the community.”

Since its inception in 2006, Adelaide Festival Centre’s OUR MOB exhibition has showcased the quality and diversity of art by South Australian First Nation artists, boosting the careers of many artists, and generating direct-to-artist sales to support their art practices.

Adelaide Festival Centre gratefully acknowledges ongoing partnerships with Ku Arts; SICAD; Country Arts SA; The Don Dunstan Foundation; TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art; and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture centre managers and coordinators across South Australia.

The 2022 award-winning OUR MOB artists will be announced on the evening of Thursday 18 August.

For OUR STORIES registrations, please visit https://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/events/our-stories/

For OUR WORDS registrations, please visit https://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/events/our-words/

Some of the OUR WORDS talks will feature on Adelaide Festival Centre’s podcast From The Wings later this year. For other From The Wings podcast episodes, please visit https://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/whats-on/listen/

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of AussieTheatre.com. She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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