During the Commonwealth Games between 3rd and 15th of April 2018, FSG hosted Ngullingi Ya Wahlu (Us with You) at its head office in Southport. An Aboriginal Art and Culture experience, Ngullingi Ya Wahlu showcased amazing authentic Indigenous Australia artwork, entertainment and food, and was a chance to meet local Aborginial and Torres Strait Islander artists and storytellers over a dining experience, as they shared stories of their culture and history with native foods, music, dance and a tour of the gallery.
Noted local Aboriginal Artists, such as ‘Wangullay’ Raelea Connolly-Neals, Torry Madkrab’s Indigifusion Art, Libby Harward aka Mz Murri Cod and Charles L Chambers, well known for his hand carved emu eggs, are just a few of the many artists & performers that embraced Ngullingi Ya Wahlu.
The event was not just a chance to celebrate and support Aboriginal arts and culture, but also an important opportunity to promote the protection of Indigenous arts and the artists.
“Fake Aboriginal artwork is crippling the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art community, with profits made from the sale of counterfeit artwork not being channelled back to either the artist or the community,” expresses Julie Marsh, FSG Social Justice Manager.
“The transformation of the FSG Australia Head Office in the heart of the Commonwealth Games Southport precinct into Ngullingi Ya Wahlu Art Gallery and Cultural Experience, will provide a platform for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to educate people about these injustices, as well as help our international tourists purchase authentic indigenous art,” explains Julie.