First Lights – Winthu Wangga

Dr Charmaine Papertalk Green

Nicole Dickerson

Sat 13 July 2024

Geraldton Foreshore (between Forrest and Durlacher St)

Date and time

Sat 13 July 2024

NAIDOC Week community activities by Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation from 4.30pm | Welcome to Country 6.30pm | Drone light show 7pm

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FREE

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Date and time

Sat 13 July 2024
NAIDOC Week community activities by Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation from 4.30pm | Welcome to Country 6.30pm | Drone light show 7pm

Entry

FREE

Accessibility

Illuminating the night sky First Lights, will travel to the foreshore of Geraldton this July, inviting audiences to listen to the songs of the winthu wangga.

First Lights – Winthu Wangga (Wind Talk Lights) is a drone light and sound experience which will tell the many stories of the wind as it flows and connects across Yamatji lands from inland to the sea.

Created by acclaimed Yamatji poet Dr Charmaine Papertalk Green with artist Nicole Dickerson, First Lights – Winthu Wangga  will see a fleet of nearly 200 drones take flight sharing ancient stories of place across Geraldton beach.

“This tells the many stories of the winthu wangga (wind) and the honouring of our Old People and Culture by making sure we pass on cultural knowledge and cultural practices to the next generations. You are invited to listen to the ancient sound of winthu wangga as it  connects to all – across people, animals, land, waters and stars” – Dr Charmaine Papertalk Green.

Artists: Dr Charmaine Papertalk Green with Nicole Dickerson
Narrator: Dr Charmaine Papertalk Green
Animation: Jarrad Russell
Sound Design: Azariah Felton
Local Producer: Alysha Saunders
Technical Partners: Stellar Lights and Elite Audio Visual Productions

About the artists

Dr Charmaine Papertalk Green

Dr. Charmaine Papertalk Green was born at Eradu (between Geraldton and Mullewa) on Southern Yamaji country. She is a member of the Wajarri, Badimaya and Nhanagardi Wilunyu cultural groups of Yamaji Nation in Western Australia. Green is a visual artist, poet and writer and began writing poetry in Mullewa in the late 1970’s. Charmaine was instrumental in the incubation of the nationally and internationally touring exhibition “Ilgarijiri – Things belonging to the Sky” arts and cultural project a Yamaji Art collaboration with the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy Curtin University, Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project Australian Government and City of Greater Geraldton. Her publications include Just Like That (Fremantle Art Press 2007); Tiptoeing Tod the Tracker (Oxford University Press 2014); collaboration with WA poet John Kinsella, False Claim of Colonial Thieves (Magabala Books 2018); Nganajungu Yagu (Cordite Publishing Inc.’s 2019); and numerous anthologies and other publications.

In 2019 Charmaine was shortlisted in Adelaide Festival John Bray Award 2020 and the ALS Gold Medal 2019 for False Claim of Colonial Thieves. In 2020 Charmaine won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2020 poetry category, shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal (2020) winning the ALS Gold Medal 2020 and shortlisted in the 2020 Queensland Premiers Literary Award Judith Wright Calanthe Prize for Nganajungu Yagu (Cordite Publishing Inc). 

Nicole Dickerson

Nicole Dickerson is a proud Yama(t)ji Woman from Geraldton WA, she is connected to the Amangu, Naaguja, Wilunyu People & also to the Ngarluma people on her Mother’s side.  Her current practice reflects the feelings of her personal narrative. Her work is influenced both by contemporary Aboriginal art and her strong tie to where she comes from, through sharing stories, memories of family traditions & times spent at special places. In Nicole’s work, she uses fine intricate line design and bright colours, which adds uniqueness to her style. Her main medium is acrylic on canvas and on local scallop shells, the dot technique is also used, but in a more contemporary way.  Nicole’s artwork is bold, poetic and she always puts her soul into everything created, which is evident in her artwork, it’s her form of healing, it’s her strength, it’s her words when she cannot speak and most importantly it’s her story. 

20 Marine Terrace, Geraldton WA 6530, Australia

Photo: Kim Scott, Binalup, 2023, Albany. Courtesy of the artist and Fremantle Biennale. Photo by Jarrad Russell.

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