Ganbu Yalingbu. Ngulu-Bulok. One Day. Many Voices.

Fifty years ago on 27 May 1967, over 90% of Australians voted to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the national census and allow the Commonwealth to make laws on their behalf. 

Bill Onus, President of the Victorian Aborigines' Advancement League, May 1967

Swirling with misconceptions on what it actually entailed, the 1967 Referendum represented a beacon of hope for race relations with the biggest 'yes' vote in Australian history. 

Honouring the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, Ganbu Yalingbu. Ngulu-Bulok. One Day. Many Voices is a new exhibition supported by the Birrarung Community Arts Program. 

Dealing with acceptance and inclusion are a daily occurrence for many Indigenous Peoples and this important exhibition remembers those who strived to make a difference.  Exploring this complex cultural landscape, local Koorie artists were invited to respond to the occasion using a multi-disciplinary approach, including paintings, digital collages and video installations. 

Artists include Hayley Millar-Baker, Arika Waulu, Nathan Patterson, Josh Muri, Mandy Nicholson, Leonie Solomon-Green, Lyn-Al Young, Judith Young and Richard Young.  Also on display will be historic and contemporary footage reflecting on this period of change. 

Interviews with Stacie Piper, Exhibition Curator and artists available on request. 

Ganbu Yalingbu. Ngulu-Bulok. One Day. Many Voices. is open now at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum, until 3 November 2017. 

For further information or images please contact:

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Bronwen Sewell
Community and Media Contact, Royal Exhibition Building
[email protected]
0478 401 003

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