We all have a story to tell.
I firmly believe that within all of us are stories of real value, with the ability to inspire or teach others, or to make us think, reflect or simply laugh.
On Friday, Bella and l visited the Northern Rivers Community Gallery which is situated in the old Ballina Council Chambers building. Bella loves art and craft and when given the choice between a number of different school holiday activities, she chose a trip to the gallery. Love that, and love her.
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As soon as we walked into the gallery we were greeted by a familiar face of an Aboriginal lady, Teresa, that l knew from our local village. A great big photo of her was hanging on the wall as part of the current exhibition, “Objects of the story: reflections on place”.
For the exhibition a number of local Aboriginal people were interviewed about a beloved object or photograph. Accompanying their story, were photographs of them holding the object or photo. There ended up being many familiar faces in the exhibition of people we either knew or who lived at nearby Cabbage Tree Island. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know them more, and hear their stories. I particularly enjoyed the historical photographs of the old mission, many of which l had never seen before.
“Objects serve to mark our relationships with family, partners and landscapes that have changed and sometimes altogether disappeared over time. We think with the objects we love; we love with the objects we think with. Some recollections lay dormant in the recesses of our mind until a trigger unleashes them and reminds us of an event or occasion, a triumphant sporting match or early childhood memories of long days spent with friends and family.”
“The photographs taken specifically for this exhibition document the emotions and memories that arise from holding these objects close and contemplating the milestones throughout a person’s life. The project has uncovered stories of the everyday and undoubtedly there are many more to be shared.”
The exhibition really struck a chord with me. I loved the simplicity of it and the power of the stories shared.
Because it was school holidays, the gallery had set up a table for children to make their own mini-artwork inspired by the exhibition and some additional Aboriginal artwork also on display.
After walking through the exhibition and making our own artwork, we were ready for something to eat. For the first time we tried the gallery’s café, and the food was amazing. Lovely food, and great service.
I left feeling so inspired by the exhibition and grateful for the time spent with my little girl. l still feel a buzz about our Friday morning as l write this now.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.