MEGAN COPE : Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House

“My works ask questions about how art and culture can heal Saltwater Country as well as our current relationship with the environment.”

- Megan Cope

Honeysuckle Marina, Cnr Workshop Way & Merewether Street
27 Sep - 6 Oct

Join Newcastle Art Gallery and Quandamooka artist Megan Cope for a 10 day participatory project celebrating local oysters, community collaboration, and environmental stewardship at Honeysuckle Marina. Across the festival, Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House will be activated by a dynamic program of talks, workshops, performances, and ceremonies.

Cost

  • Standard Free
  • Fri 27 Sep | Friday Night Sounds 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sat 28 Sep 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Sun 29 Sep 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Mon 30 Sep 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Tue 1 Oct 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Wed 2 Oct 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Thu 3 Oct 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Fri 4 Oct | Friday Night Sounds 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Sat 5 Oct 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Sun 6 Oct 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Dates

    Fri 27 Sep | Friday Night Sounds 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sat 28 Sep 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Sun 29 Sep 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Mon 30 Sep 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Tue 1 Oct 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Wed 2 Oct 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Thu 3 Oct 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Fri 4 Oct | Friday Night Sounds 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Sat 5 Oct 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Sun 6 Oct 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Venue

    Honeysuckle Marina, Cnr Workshop Way & Merewether Street

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, 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.

SENSORY & CONTENT WARNING
Scrub Club workshops will require audiences to wear gloves and clean oyster shells in cool, soapy water. 

ACCESSIBILITY
Wheelchair access

ARTISTS & COLLABORATORS
Artist & creator: Megan Cope
Megan Cope is represented by Milani Gallery, Meeanjin/Brisbane. 

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 - @nutmegandhoney 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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Ngumpi Kinyingarra Oyster House is presented exclusively by Newcastle Art Gallery for New Annual. Project supporters include University of Newcastle, the NSW Government through Create NSW, Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation and Thermidor. 
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