Granville Centre Art Gallery

Aunty Esme Timbery, Aunty Marilyn Russell, Nadeena Dixon, Jannawi Dance Clan, Lucy Simpson, Shay Tobin and Kirra Weingarth.

Ngaliya Diyam

Ngaliya Diyam. We are here. Darug are here, Aboriginal peoples are here – they never left. 

Co-curated by Dennis Golding and Rebekah Raymond, Ngaliya Diyam (‘We are Here’ in Darug language) celebrates strength and resilience through the art of local Darug artists and artists from other language groups and nations who call Darug nura home. This exhibition highlights stories of Country, and the many cultural identities and practices of our peoples.

Darug nura stretches from the coast to the mountains, with the artists featured in Ngaliya Diyam living across these varied landscapes. Senior artist and Bidjigal Elder Esme Timbery lives on her Country in the community of La Perouse, and her celebrated practice uses sea shells collected from the coastlines of her Country. In Ngaliya Diyam, she is joined by her daughter Auntie Marilyn Russell and their combined artworks showcase the intergenerational knowledge passed down between generations of Bidjigal women.

The exhibiting artists’ cultural practices and artistic expressions range from weaving, ceremonial and contemporary dance, photography, installation, drawing, and ceramics. The majority of the show will be composed of new works developed specially for this exhibition.

By declaring “Ngaliya Diyam”, this exhibition celebrates the unerring sovereignty of Darug peoples for Darug nura and the collective presence and resilience of all Aboriginal language groups.

The use of Darug language as the exhibition title Ngaliya Diyam comes from the curators’ ongoing collaboration with the local community, in particular the working group formed from meetings with the Cumberland City Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee. This exhibition would not be possible without this relationship with the local Darug community and the curators thank the community for their collaboration and support. Ngaliya Diyam is the inaugural exhibition at The Granville Centre.

This project is presented by Cumberland City Council.

Open Day (Open to the public): Saturday 7 November 2020, 10am-4pm.

Opening Times: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm.

5 Nov - 24 Jan

Granville Centre Art Gallery

1 Memorial Drive, Granville NSW, Australia

cumberland.nsw.gov.au/arts