Weaving the Waterways: Women and Fishing – Glenda Nicholls

Weaving the Waterways: Women and Fishing – Glenda Nicholls

Event status:
11 March - 14 May 2017



Yarra Building
Federation Square

Weaving the Waterways: Women and Fishing – Glenda Nicholls

Weaving a connection of river-life, from the Murray to the Birrarung

The exhibition presents a major installation of new and existing works by Wadi Wadi, Yorta Yorta and Ngarringeri artist Glenda Nicholls, accompanied with works by friends and fellow artists; Clair Bates, Donna Blackall, Deanne Gilson, Georgia Macguire, and Bronwyn Razem.

Net-making came to Glenda from her ancestors in a vision and has inspired this exhibition of river-life, featuring baskets, ochre nets, scoop nets, fishing lines, hooks and bird nets. The works in the exhibition demonstrate a continuous and evolving link with techniques passed down through generations of Aboriginal women living in and around South-East Australian waterways. While drawn from functional design, the objects are imbued with a deep cultural significance beyond the practical, weaving a connection across the generations of women still living on river country.

Artists: Glenda Nicholls (Wadi Wadi/Yorta Yorta/Ngarrindgeri), Clair Bates (Malingappa/Paakantji, Barkindji), Donna Blackall (Yorta Yorta), Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Georgia Macguire (Wurundjeri), Brownyn Razem (Gunditjmara).
Curated by Glenda Nicholls

Download the exhibition roomsheet.

This exhibition is presented as part of the City of Melbourne’s Yirramboi Festival, Melbourne Design Week and the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria.

The exhibition also toured to Mildura Art Gallery, 19 April – 17 June 2018.