6 July - 8 September 2024
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) presents major exhibition Dhuluny: the war that never ended, curated by Wiradyuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones and Wirribee Aunty Leanna Carr.

The exhibition is part of The Dhuluny Project – a series of events commemorating the 200-year anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law on 14 August 1824 in the Bathurst region and the ensuing frontier violence. Dhuluny means the direct or gospel truth, and the commemoration offers visitors the opportunity to share and understand the true history of our country and celebrate the resilience of the Wiradyuri Nation.

Dhuluny: the war that never ended will feature works by established and emerging Wiradyuri artists including Wirribee Aunty Leanna Carr; Michael Riley; Kevin Gilbert; Lorraine Connelly-Northey; Lucy Williams-Connelly; Karla Dickens; and Jazz Money. The exhibition responds to Martial Law, truth-telling about the Frontier Wars, and the ongoing national significance of the local events of Bathurst.

Dhuluny: the war that never ended, is a quote from local Elder and traditional owner Dinawan Uncle Bill Allen, who wanted this exhibition to not only address the declaration of Martial Law, and the ensuing frontier violence, but the ongoing violence experienced by Aboriginal people. Artists in this exhibition comprise entirely contemporary and historical Wiradyuri artists, along with historical colonial works that depict the region around the time of Martial Law from the State Library of NSW collection. These historical works act like footholds for understanding the context of contemporary artists.

Alongside the exhibition is a suite of significant public programs focused on sharing, learning, and reflecting. A key program is possum skin workshops facilitated by Wiradyuri Elders and knowledge holders, to occur over a week of the Dhuluny commemorations in August.

This project has been developed and supported with the Wiradyuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory board.

The Dhuluny Project

Commemorating the 200 year anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in Bathurst by Governor Thomas Brisbane on August 14, 1824, the Dhuluny project is a series of events celebrating the resilience of the Wiradyuri Nation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, commemorating and honouring the fallen on all sides of the Wiradyuri Homeland wars.

Dhuluny meaning — truth, rectitude, that which is direct, straight, acting, living, or gospel.

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Public Programs

Exhibition Opening, Friday 5 July, 6-8pm - RSVP

Artist Panel Discussion with Jonathan Jones, Saturday 6 July, 11am - RSVP

Full list of public programs, workshops, and events coming soon!

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Wirribee Leanna Carr with Henry Simmons, 2024, Red cedar clerk’s desk from the Museum Collection of Bathurst District Historical Society. Commissioned by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist and Wiradyuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation.