3:30PM Saturday August 14

A&I Hall, Bangalow

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Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi Seven Sister’s Dreaming

Displayed at Ninbella Gallery Bangalow


Maps and Journeys: The World's First Astronomers explores the rich astronomical traditions of Australia’s First Nations’ people over the past 65,000 years, believed to be the oldest practice
of astronomy in the world. Through a unique understanding of star constellations and the interconnection between the sky and the land, they created star maps and Songlines that established sophisticated trade routes covering vast distances across the Australian continent and used astronomy to inform their daily lives including their social laws, hunting and food gathering techniques, and understanding of weather and seasonal changes. This celestial knowledge and deep understanding of the land has been aurally passed down from generation to generation through sophisticated systems, stories and Songlines, marking the continuity and intricacy of the oldest culture in the world. The Maps and Journeys program presents two new works by First Nations’ composers Brenda Gifford and Eric Avery in a concert of Australian works inspired by the night sky and the Seven Sister constellation. Also collaborating with SXS to create and perform this program are actor/writer Paula Nazarski, composer Sean O’Boyle and SXS Artist in Residence didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Festivals Australia program.

GIFFORD New work World Premiere

AVERY New work World Premiere

O’BOYLE New work World Premiere

EDWARDS Lontano Magic



O’BOYLE Didgeridoo Concerto

Chris Williams Didgeridoo

Eric Avery Violin/Dancer

Paula Nazarski Actor

Ashley Smith Clarinet

Southern Cross Soloists

Duration: 80 minutes, no interval

Sean O’Boyle AM has collaborated with this project as the Resident Creative Artist of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium

The Dreaming story of the Seven Sisters is one of the most widely distributed ancient stories amongst Aboriginal Australia. The songline for this story covers more than half the width of the continent, from deep in the Central Desert out to the east and west coasts.
The songline travels through many different language groups and different sections of the narrative are recognised in different parts of the country. The story relates to the journey of the seven sisters that make up the star cluster known as the Pleiades, in the constellation Taurus.

–Kieran Finnane, 2018

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi born in 1967 at Mt. Allan, is the eldest daughter of renowned artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. She was taught to paint by her father at a very young age. His influences are apparent in her work, yet she has formed
a style of her own. Her paintings depict stories such as Bush Tucker (Exploding Seed and Black Seed from the Mt. Allan area), Women’s Ceremonies, Serpent, Goanna and Seven Sisters Dreamings. Gabriella’s work is bold and vivid in colour and composition

and utilises many different techniques, the “dot” technique in particular. In 1985, at the tender age of 16, Gabriella won the coveted Alice Springs Art Award and is now recognised as a culturally significant artist and her work has been exhibited in the U.S.A and throughout Europe. Her work is in many major collections including the Royal Collection in the UK and the National Gallery of Australia.