Portraits of Languages Exhibition - Dubbo

The Library was pleased to contribute to the Portraits of Languages exhibition,  which was recently launched at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo.

The exhibition features images of Dubbo Elders taken by acclaimed Aboriginal photographer Mervyn Bishop, as they explore the significance of language to themselves and the community.

The Library collaborated on the Portraits of Languages project by assisting with recordings of Elders about the importance of language. Some of the questions covered in the interviews included: 

  • Elders knowledge of language - experiences of speaking language or hearing language in their community. 
  • Elders learning language - what are the challenges and difficulties, what is happening locally or in their own community around language revitalisation?
  • Elders meaning of language - what are the relationships between language and culture and what does learning language mean to them personally? 

The interviews will be returned to community members via Orana Arts and the Western Plains Cultural Centre, and Elders will have an opportunity to have copies of their recordings deposited into the State Library collection.

The exhibition, which will be on display over the winter months, is a collaboration between Orana Arts, the State Library of NSW, Western Plains Cultural Centre and the North West Wiradjuri Language and Culture Nest, and Mervyn Bishop.

A man in front of a big picture on a wall

Mervyn Bishop, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo.