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Spirit of Place


Uncle Warren Taggart, Carol Carter and Allan Chawner. Image Credit: Uncle Warren Taggart, Carol Carter and Allan Chawner.

A special exhibition at Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre will transport visitors to some of the most remote Aboriginal sites in the Hunter Valley without having to leave the four walls of the gallery.

 

Spirit of Place, based on the book of the same name by Wonnarua elder Warren Taggart in collaboration with Carol Carter and Allan Chawner, features photographs of cave shelters, rock engravings and landmarks of significant cultural importance alongside a selection of cultural objects from Uncle Warren's personal collection.


The exhibition will open on Saturday 24 June, at 2pm with a special smoking ceremony conducted by Uncle Warren. The main gallery will house the display until 3 September.


Uncle Warren said his love for the mountains drew from his connection to the ancestors and elders whose stories lived on through the remnants of art, rock engraving and stone arrangements.


"The book was put together to show people what is hidden in the area surrounding Singleton, and the whole idea of the exhibition is to allow people to experience the spiritual connection of sacred sites without having to physically disturb them," he said.


Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore, said the exhibition embodied the purpose of the Arts and Cultural Centre to reflect the identity of the local community and place.


"This is an extraordinary representation of just how important this place has been to people long before we came to know it as Singleton," she said.


"This exhibition is a wonderful demonstration of the culture and heritage that is central to our community and for visitors to our region and offers the opportunity to share local cultural stories with visitors — adding a significantly spiritual experience to their itinerary.


"I hope people will take this opportunity to experience thousands of years of settlement and reflect on everything that makes our area unique."

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