Standing Up Alive - an Aboriginal Art Exhibition

Standing Up Alive is an Aboriginal expression describing how the people are not only still going, but are dynamic...alive!

Join Aboriginal artists Wayne Brennan, Shane Smithers, Chris Tobin, Leanne Tobin and Uncle Pete Williams who use the power and connection of their local symbols and patterns in a contemporary way to create a vibrant exhibition.

Also join us Saturday 5 May 2pm – 3.30pm in the Visitor Centre to meet the artists and learn about the inspiration for their works. Experience the vibrancy of their dance, music and their passion for their art.  This is a free event.

Entry to the exhibition is free - all works are for sale.  Running until May 13.

Dr Shane Smithers is a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan. His traditional lands extend along the Hawkesbury River and up into the Blue Mountains, including the Mt Tomah area. Shane spent many years searching caves and rock platforms, old books and museums looking for the art of his people. He learnt more about the symbols and designs from the old people than from books and pictures. Today, Shane paints and carves the stories that he learned on canvas and in wood. Shane’s style includes intricate patterns, designs and symbols that tell old and new Aboriginal stories with a flair and vitality invited by his bold contemporary style.

Leanne Tobin is descended from the Boorooberongal and Wumali clans of the Darug, the traditional Aboriginal people of the Greater Sydney region. Leanne uses her art to tell local stories and to evoke an environmental conscience and respect towards the land and its original people. Her work seeks to connect the observer with the land they stand on, highlighting their shared role in caring for country while also conveying the intrinsic spiritual connection Aboriginal people have with the land; a connection that is often hidden beneath the concrete and tar of the city and suburbs. 

Chris Tobin is a Darug man from Western Sydney who resides in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. As a descendant of the local people who traditionally cared for this part of the world, one of the ways Chris seeks to do this in a contemporary setting today is through art and education; believing that if people could learn more about the Aboriginal culture and history of this country they would love the country more and hopefully develop a better relationship with it than what is currently on offer. Chris also runs an art camp in the bush most Saturdays up at Bell (Fb page: Blue Mountains Artists camp) where visitors are invited to come sit around the camp fire and learn more about the country and its people.

Peter Williams is from Brewarrina North West NSW: A descendant of the Garulgiyalu clan of the Ngemba Nation. An Aboriginal performer, artist, song writer, cultural educator and musician, he is studying his own traditional language and creating new dances and songs from his tribe’s stories and teachings and passing on the culture to a whole new generation of young aboriginal children in Brewarrina, keeping his clan’s culture alive. He has danced professionally for over twenty years for many dance companies from NSW and Queensland and performed around Australia and the world.

Wayne Brennan of Kamilaroi ancestry through his mother’s side of the family, is a trained archaeologist specialising in rock art and is passionate about the natural world. He is a cultural and natural heritage educator who has worked for the National Parks & Wildlife Service for the past 27 years. Wayne offers 3 separate programs for schools.

Visitor Centre
Visitor Centre
Free entry
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