The making of ngaratya
Art & Exhibitions

The making of ngaratya


Thu 24 Aug 2023


2.00 pm - 3.30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes


Bunjil Place Gallery
Auslan interpreted

What could best-practice look like for supporting and empowering First Nations artists and curators?

Join co-curators Nici Cumpston and Zena Cumpston to discuss their journey in collaboration with Bunjil Place Gallery to realise the exhibition ngaratya (together, us group, all in it together). Nici and Zena will share insights not only from this exhibition and collaboration, but from their own experiences in the museums and galleries sector more widely. This talk aims to open conversations about self determination and the empowerment of First Nations communities in sharing their stories through the visual arts. 

Continue to explore ideas over afternoon tea following the conversation.

ngaratya (together, us group, all in it together) is a Bunjil Place Gallery exhibition toured by NETS Victoria. Curated by Nici Cumpston and Zena Cumpston.

This conversation is proudly supported by PGAV and NETS Victoria

About the speakers

Nici Cumpston travels along the backwaters and inland lakes of the Murray Darling basin to create large-scale hand-coloured black and white photographs. Through these works she shares stories of ongoing Aboriginal occupation of this land. By visiting new sites alongside the other artists, she has developed a new series of photographs. Her expertise as a curator is guiding and supporting the artists to develop their ideas and present dynamic new artistic commissions for the exhibition. 

Zena Cumpston is a writer, storyteller, and researcher and is presenting her artistic practice publicly for the first time as part of this exhibition. Zena’s work centres around her interest in plant knowledge. Through her multi-disciplinary storytelling she illuminates the innovation of her people, shining a light on the ways Aboriginal peoples have used plants for nutrition, technologies, and medicines over many thousands of generations. 

Installation view: ngaratya (together, us group all in it together), Bunjil Place Gallery, 2023. Image courtesy the artist and Bunjil Place Gallery. © the artist. Photo: Bri Hammond


Program partners


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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and has received development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. 



Thursday 24 August 2023
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm


Free, bookings essential