Multi-Media Journey Through Wagilak Relationship With Country

Monday, 15 May 2017

An exciting multi-media exploration of Wägilak songs, stories and relationship with country will bring winter to life at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

Northern Beaches Council Senior Curator, Katherine Roberts, said the SharingStories Foundation, established on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, supports indigenous communities throughout Australia in holding and sharing cultural knowledge and stories through dynamic digital storytelling programs.

“This exhibition offers a deep insight into relationship with Country and culture through a vibrant multi-media interpretation of the story of Ganjalala, the Sugar Bag Hunter, created with the Wägilak Community of North-East Arnhem Land.

“The exhibition offers a wonderful opportunity for people who live on the Northern Beaches or who are visiting to learn about Wägilak culture from the community itself.

“I am sure it will make a very big impression,” Ms Roberts said.

Liz Thompson’s photographs from her A Song for Country series – also produced with the Wägilak community, are part of the 2017 Head on Photo Festival and Guringai Festival programs. The exhibition runs from 26 May-9 July. The official opening of the exhibition will be held on Saturday, 27 May from 5-7pm.

A ‘Stories, Song and Dance Workshop’ for children 5-12 to learn about the Gandjalala dance of the Sugar Bag Hunter with Jeremy Cameron, a Djungkai guardian for Wägilak stories and songs will be held on Sunday, 28 May from 2.30-4pm. The Workshop costs $30 which includes refreshments.

Bookings: 9976 1421 or

The exhibition also includes an opportunity to join Liz Thompson on a ‘walk through’ the exhibition on Sunday 11 June at 3pm.