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MEGAN COPE: Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House

When

Friday 27 September 2024, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Where

Newcastle Art Gallery

1 Laman Street

Cooks Hill 2300

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Megan Cope: Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House is a shell-ebration of art, culture, and oysters. Shuck, scrub and club with Newcastle Art Gallery at Honeysuckle Marina. 

Welcome to Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House, a 10 day participatory project celebrating local oysters, community collaboration, and environmental stewardship. Internationally acclaimed Quandamooka artist Megan Cope makes living sculptures and public installations that revive ancestral technologies, heal saltwater environments, and share knowledge.

Ngumpi Kinyingarra means 'oyster house' in Cope's Jandai language. For New Annual, Newcastle Art Gallery will present the Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House, a temporary pavilion on the Honeysuckle Marina, to create a place for gathering and learning about the cultural significance of oysters and local histories of Newcastle. 

Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House will host Megan Cope’s daily 'Scrub Club' from 10.00am - 5.00pm. Audiences are invited to roll up their sleeves, pick up a brush, to contribute oyster shells for Cope's future oyster reef art projects. 

Across the 10 days of New Annual, Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House will also be activated by a dynamic program of talks, workshops, performances, and music. The program line up to feature local and national artists, oyster experts, knowledge holders, performers, musicians, writers and more. Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House hopes that by centring and honouring the oyster, we can transform our understanding of Country and reinvigorate our deep responsibilities to it. 

Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House will be located at Honeysuckle Marina, corner of Workshop Way and Merewether Street, Newcastle.

Presented by Newcastle Art Gallery and New Annual.

Project supporters include University of Newcastle, the NSW Government through Create NSW, Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation and Thermidor.

The pavilion for Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House has been designed by students at the University of Newcastle School of Architecture and Built Environment facilitated by Associate Professor Sam Spurr and Senior Lecturer Anna Tweeddale: Alistair Eglington, Chalyse Fowler, Ivie Wong Hueyyi, Joshua Medbury, Keiran Buckley, Peter Ellis, Rachel Florey, Tahlia Phillips, Tom Licata.

Megan Cope is represented by Milani Gallery, Meeanjin/ Brisbane.

Image: Megan Cope Artwork Development for Sydney Opera House, 2023. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Meeanjin/ Brisbane. Photographer: Zan Wimberley

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