Last Fridays: Enter the Void

Image: Courtesy of Mia Peters Koscheke
Friday 26 February 2021
5.00 - 8.00pm
3 hours

Free event, bookings required.
All welcome!

Join us for a unique evening in the Gallery as we celebrate living culture through Aboriginal music and art making. This month our Last Fridays will feature a special live music performance by The ILLUME GIRLS (trio) from 6pm to 7.30pm, as they share emotive stories in song and language including Yolngu, Matha and English. 

If you're curious to learn about traditional and contemporary weaving techniques, join local artist and basket weaver Michelle Napanangka Earl for a sit-down bracelet weaving workshop. 

Visitors will get their first opportunity to visit the Gallery’s latest exhibition BILL HENSON: The light fades but the gods remain

Enjoy afterhours access to the Gallery’s latest exhibitions until 8pm.

About the artists:

The ILLUME GIRLS (trio), are an offshoot of the Gambirra MOB. Exotic harmonies, with a powerful presence, these women deliver emotive and soulful music described as "smokey honey" singing both in Yolngu, Matha and English.


Michelle Napanangka Earl, from Kilipiynpiyn Workshops, is a local artist and basket weaver. As a proud Darkinjung woman with Wonnarua ties Michelle has a personal connection to the Hunter and respectfully teaches and celebrates the traditional Aboriginal culture of the communities that reside across the valley. The knowledge and skills that Michelle shares has been passed down for thousands of years, “it is, as it always has been." Michelle is a descendant of an ancient culture that rejoices it's visual and oral history. Our land, our people, our spiritual world is connected by our Elders passing their knowledge, skills and stories onto both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples so that it is not forgotten and therefore pass into the mists of history.

About the exhibitions:
presents a multifaceted concept that brings together contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice from across the country. 

An exhibition curated by Emily McDaniel, in conjunction with UTS Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program, and through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

'Bill Henson: The light fades but the gods remain', showcases two key series which explore the suburb of Glen Waverley, where the artist grew up. 

A Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) travelling exhibition​. Curator: Pippa Milne


  • This event is FREE



Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill