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Adamstown Uniting Church is a welcoming community, exploring faith, justice and creativity. Our church accepts and supports each of us the way we are, embracing different beliefs, abilities and lifestyles.

Our church offers a diverse range of creative worship and learning opportunities, while maintaining a dynamic hub for activities that sustain a healthy community. It is the home to a number of creative community projects such as Adamstown Arts and Expresso.

April Feast – Aboriginal Art and Story

April Feast – Aboriginal Art and Story

Sunday 2 April 2017
6pm in the Church foyer

Rex Granites Japanangka, Ida Granites Nangala and Steve Bevis will be this evening’s special guests. Rex and Ida’s artworks will be on exhibition at Adamstown Uniting Church from Saturday 1 April.

This is a remarkable opportunity to engage directly with two senior representatives of Australia’s first peoples and to acquire works of art that not only represent Australia’s rich and unbroken cultural heritage, a heritage of over 40,000 years, but to support positive and transformational ministry carried out in some of the remotest areas of our continent.

Rex Granites Japanangka and Ida Granites Nangala are senior elders from the Warlpiri people of Central Australia. Well-known and respected as leaders in the their community, Rex and Ida together produce art that is both beautiful and an important expression of their Dreamings, or Law. Rex is a senior lawman in the desert and one of the main leaders of traditional ceremony. These ceremonies take place across the summer months and are a crucial part of Aboriginal culture and society. At these ceremonies the stories, songs, dances are handed down and new generations are initiated into these ancient truths and responsibilities.

Rex and Ida are also prominent Christian’s in Central Australian Aboriginal life. Rex regularly travels the outback to mediate disputes, to teach his people about how to understand the connections between the Country, the Dreamings, and the newer Biblical stories, and to lead community consultations. Rex’s knowledge and skill as a public speaker, leader, mediator, interpreter and teacher are in high demand. Rex is currently completing a PhD at the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle in Indigenous knowledge. Ida is also well-known as an artist and regularly produces works for exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne.

The paintings in the exhibition are themselves part of the deep and spiritual stories that the land itself holds; stories that Rex and Ida are willing to share with us. Each painting is a publicly accessible part of the Dreaming, and is an authentic expression of traditional Warlpiri culture brought to life in the present with paint on canvas. More info about the exhibition.

The artists will share their story, the meaning of the artworks, and their vision of hope for Central Australia and the Aboriginal peoples of the outback.

FEAST is a shared meal around a big table – for stories, conversation and a shared Communion. Please bring a simple plate of food to share.

Contact
Contact

Adamstown Uniting Church

Address
228 Brunker Rd Adamstown NSW 2289

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1.30pm

Phone
(02) 4957 1887

Email
info@adamstownuca.org.au

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