Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route, a touring exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia, will be officially launched by the Minister of Arts and Culture, the Hon Prithviraj Roopun and Australian High Commissioner Jenny Dee during the visit by Co-founder and Co-curator of the Canning Stock Route Project (Ngurra Kuju Walya – One Country, One People) and Yiwarra Kuju (One Road) exhibition Carly Davenport and renowned Australian Indigenous artist Mervyn Street this evening at the Caudan Arts Centre.
First surveyed by Alfred Canning in 1906, the Canning Stock Route is the longest historic stock route in the world, running almost 2,000 kilometres across Western Australia, from Halls Creek to Wiluna.
The Yiwarra Kuju exhibition tells the story of the Route’s impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the country that surrounds it, through the works of senior and emerging artists and the stories of traditional custodians. The exhibition showcases contemporary Aboriginal Art reproductions to international audiences.
Australian High Commission Ms Dee said the Canning Stock Route is a place where Indigenous and non-Indigenous histories intersect.
“This exhibition showcases Australia’s heritage and the cultural diversity of our Aboriginal people through the prism of this historical stock route.
“We are delighted to host this unique indigenous exhibition in Mauritius with its co-curator Carly Davenport and award winning artist Mervyn Street and we thank our partners for their support.”
During their visit to Mauritius this week, Ms Davenport and Mr Street will conduct a series of workshops with local schools and education institutions, and will meet with the local arts and the cultural community.
Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route exhibition has received support from the National Museum of Australia, the Mauritian Ministry of Arts and Culture, the Caudan Arts Centre, Curtin Mauritius, Dukesbridge, Radio One and L’Express Samedi.
The exhibition is open every day (Monday to Sunday) from 19 to 30 June (9am to 9pm) at the Caudan Arts Centre, Port Louis. Entrance is free.