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Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019 with the Young family
To celebrate NAIDOC Week Off the Kerb Gallery will play host to new works by the Young family in the Elements Exhibition. The exhibition will feature the work of contemporary indigenous artist Robert Young, designer and artist Lyn-Al Young, and their artist parents Judith Young and Richard Young. The positive influence of this very talented family plays an important role amongst the indigenous community, both in Melbourne and nationally.
Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019 with the talented Young family at Off the Kerb
You may already be familiar with the work of artist Robert Young. From his incredible Charcoal Lane restaurant mural in Fitzroy, to his "Borra Grounds Range" of sportswear with Puma and his design of Richmond AFL Club's Dreamtime guernsey for their Indigenous round match in 2018, Robert's skills are certainly in demand.
Although he only started painting full time four years ago, Robert reflects that he has always been surrounded by the creative arts in his life and sees it as a cornerstone of his culture through which knowledge and history are shared. Robert explains further, "I come from a long, long line of artefact makers, performers, activists and history makers. And one thing that has stood out to me is how we as a people come together. For our community and to create a change that we needed and need in this world."
Robert uses a range of materials in his artworks including paint, pyro-pen, carving tools, wood, words, walls, canvas, dance and clothing. Robert also lists "imagination and myself as a canvas" as his tools of trade explaining his holistic approach to his art by saying "I think we need to see the world as our canvas."
Finding his inspiration, "from my family, my culture, my history, my failings, my success, my dreams, my visions, my country and my people", Robert hopes to use his art and his unique perspective to challenge, change and educate the current generation as well as those to come.
Discover new works by Lyn-Al Young and Robert Young
Similarly the work of his sister, fashion designer and artist, Lyn-Al Young is also highly sought-after. She creates elegant one off pieces of wearable art which celebrate her indigenous Australian identity and country. She has showcased her collections at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Australian Indigenous Fashion Week and Pacific Runway.
In 2018 Lyn-Al was named as the inaugural David Jones Emerging Designer giving her a platform to develop an exclusive collection for David Jones during NAIDOC Week celebrations last year. She was also commissioned to design a red carpet gown for the National Gallery of Victoria's gala opening of its Escher X Nendo exhibition. Demonstrating her versatility, in that same year Lyn-Al also designed the Carlton Club's Dreamtime Guernsey for the AFL Indigenous round.
The Young family's artistic talents are connected to their proud indigenous ancestry which includes Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta and Woiwurrung heritage.
The Elements Exhibition has been curated by Robert Young and features his own works as well as those of his mother, father and sister, Judith, Richard and Lyn-Al. The works explore how each artist sees, interacts with and experiences the elements of Water, Earth, Air and Fire. Robert believes we need to reconnect to the Earth and its elements, rather than technology, in order to stay grounded.
So for this exhibition the artists invite you to "Hear the breath of this earth, feel the stillness of the waters, see the dances of the fires and hear the songs of the air" as you journey into their world and experience the beauty of each element as captured by the Young family.
There will be around 20 works included in the exhibition.
Listen & hear the stories being shared during NAIDOC Week 2019
NAIDOC Week is an important celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to commemorate their history, unify communities and share with the rest of the nation. The theme for NAIDOC Week 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth.
With reconciliation sadly still an unresolved issue in this country the importance and significance of NAIDOC Week cannot be underestimated. The message that Robert would like to share with the wider community is to make the time to connect with Aboriginal culture. He asks that everyone "listen and hear the stories that are being shared" during NAIDOC Week as it is a "great opportunity to connect and deepen your appreciation to my culture".
Director of Off the Kerb Gallery, Shini Pararajasingham, explains the importance to her of supporting indigenous artists,
"As Off the Kerb Gallery grows older each year, I have grown increasingly aware of my responsibility to pay respects to the Traditional Custodians of this land on which the gallery has the privilege to operate. And so it has become my foremost goal in 2019 and onwards to platform and propel the art of our local Indigenous community of creatives. I am incredibly humbled and honoured to get the opportunity to showcase the works of the Young Family - Lyn-Al, Robert, Judith and Richard Young in this exhibition 'Elements' for NAIDOC Week 2019."
The Elements Exhibition will commence at Off the Kerb Gallery on 5th July 2019 and will run until 13th July 2019.
Opening night is on Friday 5th July 2019, from 6pm - 9pm.
Off the Kerb Gallery is located at 66B Johnston Street Collingwood. The Gallery is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12.30pm - 6pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon - 5pm.