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Wilcannia Story Poles

The Queens Head Hotel in Wilcannia invites everyone to attend an opening of the Wilcannia Story Poles Saturday April 17 at midday.
1. Anthony Harris ‘Brolga in the Moon Light’
river redgum, paint, ceramic tiles, galvanised iron
2. Kevin (Kat) Cattermole ‘River Goanna’
river redgum, ceramic tiles, galvanised iron
3. Roslyn and Morna Johnson ‘witchetty grubs’
river redgum, ceramic tiles, galvanised iron
4. George Bugmy ‘Hands’
river redgum, paint, ceramic tiles, galvanised iron
5. Geoff DeMain and Daryl Andrews ‘Wedge Tail Eagle’
river redgum, ceramic tiles, Galvanised iron
6. Gretta Clark and Mari Johnson ‘Darling River Cod’
river redgum, shells from the Darling River
In 2007 West Darling Arts formally negotiated a partnership with the Broken Hill Art School Western Institute of TAFE to run their Aboriginal Cultural studies Certificate course at the Arts Centre. With the guidance of regional artist Geoff DeMain these beautiful Story Poles were created.
In 2009/2010 the Poles were exhibited in Sydney at a number of venues. Hazelhurst Art Gallery, Gymea;
Brush Farm House, Ryde; Sydney Writers’ Festival, Walsh Bay.
In 2010 NSW National Parks purchased the Poles and placed them on display at the Lane Cove Tourist Park.
Since then National Parks have returned the Poles back to this region where they were exhibited in the Town Hall Facade in Broken Hill (in image shown). The poles are now on a journey to the Baaka Cultural Centre when it is developed, in Wilcannia.

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