Over the next two years OSCA is working on the creative development of two First Nations artist initiated/led projects. Narungga Digital Storytelling Project by Jay Milera (Narungga, Kaurna, Adnyamathanha, Wirangu) and Kylie O’Loughlin (Kaurna, Narungga) and Lartelare by Margaret Brodie (Kaurna) and Italian/Australian artist Jennifer Eadie.

Both proposals are outcomes of OSCA’s First Nations initiative, supported by the City of Adelaide, which has begun to generate successful pathways for SA Aboriginal artists to connect with OSCA and develop new creative projects.

These projects will open-up new understandings and perceptions of Aboriginal history, stories and culture through visual and digital art outcomes.

Narungga Digital Storytelling Project is based upon the Dreaming Stories of Guranda, Buthera’s Rock, Winda the Owl, and Mutitju the Bat. The project’s site-specific, digital narrative intends to connect Narungga Dreaming to significant landscapes, waterways, and to the Narungga people/community; from ancestor’s past to present time, and for future generations to come. This project will be created with Senior Elder/Cultural Consultant, Uncle Dookie O’Loughlin, alongside other Narungga Elders.

Lartelare is a community engaged, large-scale textile installation that will be created on Yarta-Puulti (Port Adelaide), Kaurna Country. Through interconnected acts of ‘gentle resistance’, grounded in care and respect, Aboriginal women will be invited to come together and share stories as a powerful interruption of colonial narrative and complacency. These stories will become elements of a blanket that will, when sewn together, form a place-responsive textile installation.

Each artist team will continue to research and develop their ideas, initiating community engaged activities on Yarta Puulti / Port Adelaide and five sites across Yorke Peninsula / Narungga Country into the next stage of development.

ARTWORK: Jay Milera, Seven Sisters