Geelong Arts Centre announces inspiring female-led First Nations Cultural Conversations event, ‘Ba-gurrk Murrup (Women’s Spirit, Past, Present and Future)’
11.10.2021

Geelong Arts Centre announces inspiring female-led First Nations Cultural Conversations event, ‘Ba-gurrk Murrup (Women’s Spirit, Past, Present and Future)’

Spend your afternoon yarning with exceptional local First Nations women, as they share stories of connection to Country, place and self through their personal and creative journeys.

What does it mean to be a successful First Nations woman in the 21st century? How does one interpret identity through culture and creative practices? What legacy do First Nations women wish to create for future generations and what messages do they wish to share with other young women?

These are the important questions that will be discussed by a panel of exceptional local First Nations women in a new and free conversation livestream happening this month thanks to the team at the Geelong Arts Centre.

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Titled ‘Ba-gurrk Murrup (Women’s Spirit, Past, Present and Future)‘, the conversation will be facilitated by Noongar and Tuwharetoa artist and curator Kiri Wicks, and feature an impressive lineup of guests including Wadawurrung Traditional Custodian and artist Deanne Gilson, Yorta Yorta/Baraparapa visual artist Dr Jenny Murray-Jones and Yorta Yorta woman/self-appointed ‘sassy, psychic witchy sister’ Allira Potter as they speak to the significant intertwinement of culture, womanhood and artistry.

Proudly supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) and Deakin University’s NIKERI Institute, the 90-minute free livestream provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people of all gender identities to gather, join the conversation, ask questions and walk together as these four exceptional First Nations women share their reflections, challenges and dreams with audiences.

“To be able to partner with the NIAA and  NIKERI Institute at Deakin University to not only highlight contemporary First Nations voices, but also showcase and celebrate local First Nations women and the rich history that informs their culture and art is incredibly special,”  says Geelong Arts Centre CEO &  Creative Director, Joel McGuinness. 

“We aspire to be leaders in reconciliation and believe it vital for us to make space  for First Peoples to present stories that  elicit deep understanding and appreciation for the oldest living culture  on our planet.” 

The Ba-Gurrk Murrup (Women’s Spirit, Past, Present and Future) livestream will run from 3:30pm on Saturday, October 23. Registration is free but essential. You can register here. Due to capacity restrictions, 20 tickets have been made available to attend this event in person.