Opens  Friday 26th of May 6:00pm

Saturday 27th of May 10am-4pm

The Water Justice Hub’s mission is to respond to water injustice and to promote both ‘voice’ and truth-telling in relation to water. While the Hub has a primary focus on Australia, especially justice for First Peoples, it responds to the global challenges of delivering ‘water for all’ or Sustainable Development Goal

‘A Tale of Two Rivers’ Exhibition

Rivers worldwide are under threat from over-extraction and climate change, and the rivers are talking to one another. 

The Water Justice Hub, an initiative of the Australian National University presents a night of art and discussion at the Broken Hill Art Exchange. It features two Australian waterways, Baaka & Martuwarra (West Kimberley, WA).

A Tale of Two Rivers details decades of over-extraction, mismanagement and abuses inflicted on Baaka, including the 2018/2019 fish kills and the disastrous fish kills of March this year. We will be travelling to Martuwarra in the Kimberley with a film screening of The Serpent’s Tale, where we will learn about Martuwarra First Law and the spirit of the rainbow serpent, which is threatened by a rapidly changing climate and looming irrigation interests. 

This exhibition stimulates us to continue to speak with our waterways and fight for their right to exist as sentient beings. This exhibition invites everyone to get involved in the story of our rivers.

Where? Broken Hill Art Exchange @ The Grand, 313 Argent Street

When? Opens 6:00PM Friday 26th of May

With a Film Screening of ‘The Serpent’s Tale’ @ 7:00PM Friday 26th of May  About Martuwarra river in Kimberley and the story of the Rainbow serpent

Also open on Saturday 27th of May from 10:00am to 4:00PM

Much of the exhibition features the words, and images they represent as developed by artists Rix Lee and Tom Horne, of those who gave testimonies from Wilcannia and Menindee and  before the 2019 Citizen’s Inquiry on the Health of the Barka-Darling River in 2019. 

The Serpents Tale film screening at 7:00PM  

Glenn Loughrey – Wiradjuri painter and drawer

Sammy Hawker & Paul Wyrwoll – Film works looking at Sullivans creek, a creek that runs through Canberra

Bonnie Quayle – Barkindji printmaker – works about the baaka

Dan Schulz & Otis Filley – Filmmakers – Films documenting the 2019 drought

As well as poetry about Menindee, and many other works

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