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Indigenous Community Stories: Charmaine Green

Posted: March 1st, 2013

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YMAC recently spent a few days on country with Yamatji artist, Charmaine Green, recording her stories and cultural experiences for the Indigenous Community Story initiative run by WA’s Film & Telelvision Instititute.

YMAC would like to thank all who were involved for making it a great project to work on.


Click to Enlarge: Charmaine Green on country in Mullewa with FTI film crew



Charmaine’s story is one of many of many that will be digitally archived for future generations to view over the next 100 years and beyond.

Click here for more information on the Indigenous Community Stories project.

Indigenous Community Stories: Charmaine Green

Posted: March 1st, 2013

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YMAC recently spent a few days on country with Yamatji artist, Charmaine Green, recording her stories and cultural experiences for the Indigenous Community Story initiative run by WA’s Film & Telelvision Instititute.

YMAC would like to thank all who were involved for making it a great project to work on.


Click to Enlarge: Charmaine Green on country in Mullewa with FTI film crew

Charmaine’s story is one of many of many that will be digitally archived for future generations to view over the next 100 years and beyond.
Click here to read more about Charmaine’s Indigenous Community Story.

Click here for more information on the Indigenous Community Stories project.

Applications for Mid West Art Prize 2013 Still Open

Posted: January 15th, 2013

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Applications for entry into the 2013 Mid West Art Prize are still open to all artists throughout Western Australia.

This will be the third year the Mid West Art Prize takes place, with the exhibition scheduled to open at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 2 March 2013.

There will be a total of $45,00 in non-acquisitive awards presented across seven award categories. Application forms are available from the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, or can be downloaded from their website.

Yamaji Arts manager Allison Yearwood has wished all artists of the region good luck, and any new indigenous artists that would like assistance in setting up their profile can contact the centre via the Yamaji Art Website, or on (08) 9965 3440.

For more details about the Mid West Art Prize 2013, please contact the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery on 9964 7170 or email grag@artgallery.wa.gov.au

Entries close 4pm Wednesday 16 January, 2013.

www.artgallery.cgg.wa.gov.au

YMAC News issue 19 is here!

Posted: November 14th, 2012

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The latest issue of YMAC News is now available for download from our website.

It includes a cover story on the visit the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples made to Njamal country, a special feature on Geraldton Aboriginal community organisations, and a landmark agreement between the Nyiyaparli people and BHP Billiton.

There is also a profile of Yamatji artist, poet and academic Charmaine Green, as well as a staff profile of Fiona Mackenzie, our Geraldton office manager. There is important information on YMAC’s heritage services, information about YMAC’s recent audit by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC), and of course lots of photos of people and country.

Click here to download YMAC News from our website.

If you have any stories or photos you’d like to share with us, elders who you think we should profile, questions about native title, or any other letters to the editor, send them to editor@ymac.org.au.

We hope you enjoy this issue of YMAC News.

Artists Honoured at Yamaji Art’s New Home

Posted: October 16th, 2012

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Lakiesha Green-Ryan, Allison Yearwood and Charmaine Green of Yamaji Arts.

Yamaji Art, the Aboriginal owned and operated art centre in Mid West, Western Australia, has opened its new doors at the Bill Sewell Complex in Geraldton, along with its website launch, yamajiart.com

The new gallery space was officially launched on Friday 12th October, with a tribute event honouring the memory of two artists who played an integral part in the growth of Yamaji Art.
Representatives of the McIntosh and Boddinton families celebrated the memory of the artists with speeches, songs, dancing and a tree planting ceremony.

Yamaji Arts Manager Allison Yearwood said, “Today was about celebrating the lives of these two women who helped us so much, who brought us to the point of now having our own space. We’ve grown from a little art centre to this, and our new website is showing local work to international audiences. We are here opening our doors and we hope the community feel this is their place to share.”

www.yamajiart.com

NIADOC profile: Yamaji Art

Posted: July 3rd, 2011

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Yamaji Art is an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre in Geraldton, Western Australia which has been described as “the artistic voice of the Midwest”. It represents Aboriginal artists from many of the region’s towns and beyond, including Geraldton, Mullewa, Yalgoo, Meekatharra, Cue, Mt. Magnet, Carnarvon and even Port Hedland. Yamaji Art was founded two years ago as a business arm of Marra Indigenous Art and Design.

Yamaji Art supports its artists by providing materials, running workshops, and generally encouraging quality art by providing a safe space for creative expression. They help artists become self sufficient by connecting them with buyers locally, nationally and internationally.

Despite its relative youth as an organisation, Yamaji Art has had successful shows in Perth, Cairns, and Capetown, and is scheduled to have a show in Washington DC this October.

“My paintings help me. When I get stressed or angry I just go paint and it really helps me. When I finish a painting I take it to Yamaji Art and they decide where to put it so people will see it,” said Olive Boddington, one of the artists with Yamaji Art.
Olive participated in a program run by Yamaji Art with Curtin University and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research called Ilgarijiri. Several artists went out to Boolardy Station, the site of the ASKAP radio telescope, and drew inspiration from the landscape and the sky while learning about radio astronomy.

“I was born out in the bush, on Yallalong Station, so the trip was like going home for me. I paint what I know from that area in the Murchison, so the trip was very inspirational,” Olive Boddington said.

As a place where art and traditional culture meet, the collective serves as a place to house stories, foster creative development and skills, and bring artists of the Midwest into the Aboriginal art movement.

Yamaji Art is exhibiting at the Arts and Cultural Development Council (ACDC) in Geraldton as part of their NAIDOC show. The exhibition runs 8-29 July. Yamaji Arts will also be running bush basket weaving workshops on Tuesday, 5 July and Wednesday, 6 July at the ACDC. To learn more call 9965 3440.

Across Australia every July, NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In honour of NAIDOC 2011 YMAC is featuring a series of Aboriginal people and organisations that contribute to the vibrant Aboriginal culture of the Midwest and Pilbara. For more information on NAIDOC including its history and events happening near you, visit http://www.naidoc.org.au/.