Celebration of Noongar culture in White Gum Valley

Rachel Riggs (SHAC Coordinator) and Marcelle Riley (Artist and Curator) for the Noongar Culture Weekend celebrations at SHAC. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. 493340 communitypix.com.au.
Rachel Riggs (SHAC Coordinator) and Marcelle Riley (Artist and Curator) for the Noongar Culture Weekend celebrations at SHAC. Photo: Andrew Ritchie. 493340 communitypix.com.au.

INDIGENOUS culture will come to the fore in the SHACtivate! Noongar Culture Weekend.

The bumper three day program aims to delight, entertain and inform visitors as part of the Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives’ (SHAC) wider three week SHACtivate! festival.

Art will play a pivotal role in the event, with an exhibition by Marcelle Riley, Gerri Hayden, Seantelle Ward and others opening May 31 and incorporating artwork that celebrates female Noongar artists.

The exhibition will be followed by an artist discussion on Saturday about female Noongar artists and their contemporary work.

Other events include an Aboriginal dance workshop, Dreamtime stories and bush tucker tastings, creating a large community artwork and learning how to make Noongar dolls.

SHAC chair Koral Ward said the festival was a great way for them to celebrate Noongar culture while launching SHAC to the community.

“After nine years of hard work by members and associates we’ve established the affordable artist housing and the two new creative studios at White Gum Valley, and SHACtivate! is a wonderful way to introduce ourselves to the wider community,” she said.

The Shactivate! Noongar Culture Weekend is on May 31 to June 2 at White Gum Valley’s Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives (SHAC).

Visit www.shacfreo.com/shactivate for more information.