Transport for NSW, Yapung Parai – Journey on Country
Dreamtime Stories - Transport for NSW
A special project that came to fruition in late 2022 was the creation of Aboriginal designs for QR codes for the Transport for NSW’s Dreamtime stories pilot project.
This was an exciting and innovative initiative and I was honoured to be a part of a collaboration, working alongside story tellers in language Doctor Ray Kelly and Gavi Duncan. It was my please to participate in bringing cultural narratives alive, alongside their narration, through QR code designed artwork that reflected Indigenous stories along the Sydney/Newcastle line.
My artwork Yapung Parai – Journey (Pathway) on Country is reflective of the journey taken upon country by rail and the sharing of cultural narratives along the way. A special part of this project gave me opportunity to paint the design as a fine artwork, which was installed at Broadmeadow Station, along with an acknowledgment of country.
Size: 2140 x 1400 mm
Date: July 2022
Medium: Mixed medium
Songlines between Sydney and Newcastle
The public transport routes we use every day follow the songlines created to guide the journeys of Australia’s first peoples.
Songlines are an important aspect of connecting Aboriginal people to country and have been passed down from person to person over thousands of years.
Transport for NSW has collaborated with local Aboriginal communities to bring Dreamtime stories and history to life on the train network.
Watch and listen to local Aboriginal community leader and linguist Ray Kelly, partnered with Kevin Duncan and Sarah Kelly as they share stories about the history, landscape, people and country between Sydney and Newcastle.
Experience their stories through the videos and audio below.
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