Yarra Lights at Richmond Town Hall and Collingwood Yards

Sun 3rd July, 2022 – Sun 10th July, 2022
5:30pm – 12:00am
Various Locations
This Naidoc Week, Yarra City Council presents three works by First Nations artists, curated by the Centre for Projection Art in partnership with Agency Projects.

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival returns this winter with a packed program of events. Running from Friday June 24 until Sunday July 25, the festival brings performers and audiences together in 35 venues across Melbourne.

This Naidoc Week, between July 3 and 10, the Centre for Projection Art and Agency Projects present Yarra Lights: a showcase of three works by First Nations artists, projected on the Richmond Town Hall and in the courtyard of Collingwood Yards.

At Richmond Town Hall, catch artist Christian Thompson’s work New Gold Mountain, which explores both his Bidjara and Southern Chinese heritage. An intensely personal work, New Gold Mountain also speaks to Australian history more broadly, with a focus on the country’s complex relationship with national identity.

Over at Collingwood Yards, find two projected works: Hold This Glow by Wiradjuri poet and artist Jazz Money; and Bäru Minytji – Crocodile Design by Gumatj artist and filmmaker Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu. Money’s work centres on the written word, with works bringing together installation, digital, film and print. (Her David Unaipon Award-winning debut collection how to make a basket was published by UQP in September last year.) Yunupiŋu’s work focuses on cultural ceremonies and events on Country: born Deaf, he uses Yolŋu Sign Language to share stories of his ancestors and kin via film.

Yarra Lights is a free event, running from 5.30pm until midnight every night during Naidoc Week. It’s happening as part of Rediscover Yarra: Yarra City Council’s post-lockdown initiative to reconnect the community with the music, festivals and exhibitions that set Melbourne apart from other destinations.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Yarra City Council.