Marra Dreaming presents ‘The Power of Lateral Love’ at the John Harvey Gallery from 5th – 26th July 2013 in honour of Brian Butler & Nicola Butler and the ‘Decade of Lateral Love Around the World 2012 – 2022’
“We really want to embrace the movement that Uncle Brian Butler and his niece Nicola have generated as a positive way forward for our community” said Raylene Snow, Director of Marra Dreaming “The impacts of lateral violence are happening all around us, in our families and communities, so we decided we would do something to acknowledge this and begin to address the situation like Uncle Brian says “from a position of love rather than violence” and this exhibition is about supporting those intentions and encouraging the principles of nurturing, caring, sharing, love and respect for all humankind the way our elders always intended for us to do”.
Nicola Butler, Co-Founder & Director of Lateral Love Australia officially open the exhibition on Tuesday 5th July as part of the City of Salisbury NAIDOC Week celebrations at the John Harvey Gallery in Salisbury.
“I have a special connection to Marra Dreaming and the City of Salisbury” she said.
Taking the opportunity to remember the important work of people who left us too soon such as the late Brian Pledger tragically taken from the world in June 2012 whose work saw him meeting with Aboriginal Elders from local language groups to hear first-hand about their country and people, asking what reconciliation means to them, visiting schools, hosting ecology walks and undertaking micro-bat monitoring around our regions.
“Brian’s passion and dedication to make a difference in the world touched the hearts and souls of many.” She said.
Charity walker Brian Pledger. Picture: Noelle Bobrige Source: AdelaideNow
The Pledger family, including his five sisters, two brothers, wife, two children and nieces and nephews launched a charity in Brian’s honour – PledgeTrek – and have vowed to complete projects he left unfinished. “This is our way of continuing his legacy and a way for us to also honour him, this is our family’s way of feeling connected to Brian,” said Brian’s Sister Marion Pledger.
He was extremely passionate about his work only recently returning from his trek from Broken Hill to Salisbury on May 18 – walking 650km to raise $20,000 for Aboriginal youths when he passed.
“When I first met Brian we talked about the many things he wanted to achieve and they all connected to Lateral Love, he was a firm believer in the principles of nurturing, caring, sharing, love and respect as the way forward for humanity and was playing an important role in this through his own journey” said Nicola Butler “I am so happy that Brian’s legacy will continue to enrich the lives of all who knew and loved him” she said.
Nicola also remembered the late ‘Mulamare’ Graham who also left us unexpectedly and far too soon “It was through Mulamare and Brian that I came to know more about the important work being done at Marra Dreaming, particularly in relation to the care and wellbeing of our Stolen Generations. Mulamare held a spiritual healing, yarning and craft circle every Friday at Marra Dreaming for many of our Elders and young people, who also use to visit us at the Gawler Health Service too, Tuesday lunch was always a full house.”
Nicola believes organisations and programs such as Marra Dreaming, Gawler Health Service and PledgeTrek are important for our future especially as we begin as individuals to acknowledge and address the devastating impacts of lateral violence, trans-generational trauma and inter-generational trauma present within our families and communities to this day.
Children who are removed from their Aboriginal families, the ‘Stolen Generation’ were forced to endure a life of exclusion and separation resulting in the loss of parental love, culture and identity. Many feel deeply that their experiences of removal has negatively impacted on their entire lives and caused significant damage to their general feelings of wellbeing, believing that every child needs to grow in a nurturing environment where the needs of their physical and emotional health are met.
Mulamare was endeavouring to foster a healthy future for the northern Aboriginal community by improving access to health services for Aboriginal families through the tireless work she carried out for many years particularly within the Gawler region.
“I was overwhelmed and honoured when Tabatha [Weir] called and told us of the collaborative intention to dedicate this exhibition to Lateral Love. Art has always been a powerful storytelling medium allowing us to visualise the impacts and devastation of lateral violence alongside the wonder of love, healing and forgiveness without laying blame on each other as individuals or feeling guilt.” She said “It has a two way cathartic effect with recognition, healing and reflection possible for both the artist and the viewer”.
With over 27 art works on display for 21 days during July 2013 all are welcome to visit ‘The Power of Lateral Love’ Exhibition which is being held in collaboration between the City of Salisbury Council and Marra Dreaming in a continuance of their 13 year-long respectful working partnership.
“This exhibition is something really special, the launch not only allowed us to see the visuals of ‘The Power of Lateral Love’ but we were also able to connect with the artists through yarning to gain a deeper understanding of who they are and of their personal journeys as members of the Stolen Generation here in Adelaide”.
The launch was relaxed with an inviting atmosphere featuring interactive displays and activities including a painting workshop, weaving workshop, healing crystal seminar with meditation and a special vibration healing session to round out the day. “Personally I came away from this experience with a renewed sense of faith in humanity … and a slight addiction to weaving which is really powerful in slowing down and soothing a monkey mind” said Nicola
The Artists participating in this special exhibition – the first of its kind honouring ‘Lateral Love’ – hope to increase discussion and promote a deeper understanding around the devastating impacts of Lateral Violence and how this negative practice is continuing to deteriorate our culture. Stolen Generations right across the country continue to suffer the perpetual grief that has been inflicted on them through the poor government policies and practices of the past, many of which are still being enacted and imposed upon the First Nations peoples of this country today.
In his Reflections: 40 years on from the 1967 Referendum Brian Butler wrote “In recognition of the pain, grief and trauma inflicted on the Aboriginal Nations of Australia by the onset of colonisation by the British and all who followed. The mass destruction of the Aboriginal race by the colonisers who killed our people in order to occupy Aborigine’s country: the continent of Australia. Thousands of cases of inhumane acts and practices annihilated our nations and slaughtered our people. Examples of this were the Elliston massacre, the Coniston Station massacre and poisoning of waterholes on the Dreaming tracks and major tribal ceremonial sacred sites across the Australian landscape from one end to the other.”
This is the ongoing inheritance of colonisation, this Perpetual Grief continues to engulf our families and communities and they only way to make the necessary shift of consciousness is from a position of Lateral Love.
Denise Troon and Raylene Snow. Picture Nicola Butler
Talented artists showcased in the exhibition include Corrinne Davie, Beaty Boercamp, Jannette Barna, Samantha Snow, Rebecca Shaw, Kristy McKenzie, Raylene Snow, Sharon Watts, Denise Troon, Belinda Wilson, Trudy Staker, Ivy Benbolt, Victoria Gower, Sue Atkins and Laura Southern-Welsh.
All of the artists identify as members and descendants of the Stolen Generation and participate in the many programs offered by Marra Dreaming which has aided in the healing journey for many. The opportunity to form yarning circles and resonate with one another has remarkable consequences especially when the manifestations of lateral violence we all know too well such as nonverbal innuendo (raising eyebrows, face-making), bullying, verbal affront (overt/covert, snide remarks, lack of openness, abrupt responses, gossiping), shaming, undermining activities (turning away, not being available, social exclusion), withholding information, sabotage (deliberately setting up a negative situation), infighting (bickering, family feuds), scapegoating, backstabbing (complaining to peers and not confronting the individual), failure to respect privacy, broken confidences, organisational conflict and physical violence are acknowledged and kept in check to create positive culturally safe environments where we can all grow and be empowered.
The business side of Marra Dreaming produces and sells a wide range of contemporary Aboriginal Australian art and educational resources including Jewellery, Paintings, Silk ties and scarves, Ceramic vases and plates, Decorated and carved eggs, Traditional woven baskets & mats, Language cards, Books, and Puzzles.
Marra Dreaming also offers classes for the community in Driver Education – Learner’s permit, Painting Magnets, Pencil Holders & Clap Sticks, Outdoor Mural Painting, Silk Painting, Place Mats, Sewing, Weaving, Ceramics, Glass Painting, Decoupage and Pottery.
For more information about this exhibition please contact Tabatha Weir, Cultural Development Officer City of Salisbury on 08 8406 8469 between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales of art works in this collection are at the discretion of the artists with all prices including commission and GST. If you wish to purchase an art work from this exhibition sales enquiries can be made at the City of Salisbury Customer Service Counter or by contacting the office on 08 8406 8222.
Marra Dreaming is open from Monday to Thursday from 9am – 4pm (during School Terms).
All are welcome to come and visit Raylene and the team at 22 Commercial Road, Salisbury SA 5108 Telephone 08 8285 2311.
About the Artists
Corrinne Davie (Wright) with her painting ‘Power of Love’
Sharon Watt with her painting ‘Family’
Sharon Watts with her painting ‘Peace & Harmony’
Beaty is a talented Aboriginal Artist. Born in Leigh Creek South Australia, Beaty is from Yankunytjatjara descent. Her interests include Painting, Meditation, Reading, Gardens, Family and Spiritual Reconciliation.
Artist: Beaty Boercamp Title: Myself
Sue is a descendant of the Boandik People. A Talented Aboriginal Artist, she was born in Adelaide South Australia and has lived here all her life. She enjoys painting on canvas and creating murals, and has a beautiful daughter who is her inspiration.
Artist: Sue Atkins Title: Echidna Dreaming
Artist: Sue Atkins Title: Lizard Dreaming 2
Kristy is a talented Aboriginal Artist of Yankunytjatjara descent. Her artistic interests include graphite and charcoal portraiture, oil and acrylic painting – realistic and dot style. Her subjects vary from people to animals while her technique also embraces abstract and expressionism.
Artist: Kristy McKenzie Title: Untitled (5 Native Flowers)
Artist: Kristy McKenzie Title: Untitled (5 Hand Prints)
Samantha was born in Adelaide South Australia in 1988 and is a descendent, through her mother, of the Stolen Generation. She is a talented and successful emerging Aboriginal Artist. Samantha won first prize at the 2010 Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia (mifSA) Schizophrenia Awareness Week Art Exhibition. The prize was in recognition of all entries she had entered, and all her entries were sold. Her paintings and craftwork were also shown at Tea Tree Gully’s 2009 and 2010 Celebrating Aboriginal Artists Exhibitions. As well as canvas painting and craftwork, Samantha also excels as a Mural artist with commissioned work on view at Blakeview, Christie Downs, Elizabeth South, and Saint Francis of Xavier Primary Schools, Tyndale Christian College and Centrelink Salisbury. Samantha acknowledges her mother (Aboriginal Artist Raylene Snow) as her most important influence, tutor and mentor. Current craft and artworks by Samantha Snow are on show at Marra Dreaming.
Artist: Samantha Snow Title: Change and Adaption
Raylene is a descendant of the Stolen Generation. She was born in Darwin Northern Territory in 1958 and currently resides in suburban Adelaide. A founding member in 1999 of Marra Dreaming Aboriginal Arts, (located in Salisbury South Australia) she remains a driving force in its ongoing success and mission to deliver services and programmes in the Arts, Cultural Awareness, Women’s Issues, Community Development, preparation and training for future employment and Elders and Youth Issues; as well as promoting self-sufficiency, improving self-esteem, reconciliation, and an awareness of Aboriginal arts and culture. Raylene is a talented Aboriginal artist, skilled at creating and teaching craftwork, painting and murals. She has been producing murals for the community in excess of ten years. Her murals are on display at local Hospitals, Schools and Service Centres including Lyell McEwin Hospital Elizabeth Vale, Tea Tree Gully Clinic, Gawler Hospital, Northern Women’s Health Service Elizabeth, Centrelink Salisbury and Schools, Kindergartens and Childcare Centres including Blakeview, Elizabeth South, Elizabeth Park, and Salisbury including Salisbury High School and Tyndale Christian School. Recent exhibitions w here she has displayed her works have been: 2010 Salisbury Council – Aged to Perfection Art Exhibition, 2010 Mental Health Fellowship South Australia (mifSA) – Schizophrenia Awareness Week Art Exhibition, 2010 Tea Tree Gully Celebrating Aboriginal Artists Art Exhibition. Raylene’s works are currently on display at Marra Dreaming.
Artist: Raylene Snow Title: Looking to the Past
Artist: Raylene Snow Title: Together As One
Denise is a descendant of the Stolen Generation. She resides in South Australia and is a talented Aboriginal craftswoman with interest in all crafts including Painting, Quilting, Basket Weaving, Ceramic Painting and Beading.
Artist: Denise Troon Title: A Bad Hair Day
Artist: Denise Troon Title: Pilta-bilta purlaitye meaning One Possum in Kaurna
Ivy is a Talented Aboriginal Artist of Pitjantjatjara descent. Born in Adelaide South Australia, Ivy enjoys painting and is also a keen netball player.
Artist: Ivy Benbolt Title: My Owl Dreaming
Jannette is a descendant of The Stolen Generation. She currently resides in Adelaide South Australia, but identifies her family Homeland as the Oodndatta area (a rural area in northern South Australia). After having worked for most of her life, Jannette has recently discovered a talent for painting on canvas and also on ceramics.
Artist: Jannette Barna Title: The Womens Meeting Place
Artist: Jannette Barna Title: Camp sites
Artist: Jannette Barna Title: Lizard Country
Trudy is an Aboriginal Artist born in Broken Hill New South Wales and currently living in Adelaide South Australia.
Artist: Trudy Staker Title: Diamond Head Pythons
Belinda Wilson born on Raukkan mission on the Coorong in South Australia is a Ngarrindjeri Woman. Belinda is a talented Aboriginal Artist who enjoys painting and gardening. She is also an Aboriginal Support Worker for mothers and babies as part of the Maternal and Infant Care Program based at Nunkuwarrin Yunti dealing with pregnant women and their partners and families on social issues that affect their daily lives.
Artist: Belinda Wilson Title: Landscape