Article by Ryan Malcolm
by Dr. Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek
A collaboration between the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Swinburne’s Centre for Design Innovation, Ochre Stories looks to cultivate creativity among the youths of the remote Warmun community, located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The program focuses on the creation of a series of short films by young people of the area, utilising Gija storytelling ideals to develop their own emotive stop-motion movies, incorporating the inherent importance of ochre in traditional Aboriginal artworks.
Ochre Stories adopts a cross-cultural and intergenerational teaching approach that promotes the exploration of traditional culture and self-expression through the use of stop motion animation and other design skills. Young people will be positioned to benefit from knowledge sharing and skill acquisition around their local cultural values, all through a distinct connection with traditional ochre.
Throughout the co-creation process, senior Gija artists will oversee the development of concepts and key messages that will guide the design approach, while also exploring a range of story ideas to be conveyed through graphic design technologies.
The resultant works are anticipated to be extensively showcased as part of the West Australian Museum’s Continuous Cultures exhibition to be opened in 2020, with exhibition design to be overseen by the museum and a number of collaborative project partners.