Their dreaming

FOR Maclean artist Frances Belle Parker, showing her work publicly is simply another way of sharing a story.

Next month Ms Parker will share her story and that of fellow Yaegl people when she presents her exhibition Identifying Ulgundahi at The Dreaming Festival at Woodford.

The festival is expected to attract thousands of people and, for Ms Parker, it is a chance to share her art and an opportunity for other people to see if they have a connection with the area.

She said the Yaegl landscape had always influenced her work, with the solo exhibition at The Dreaming featuring 27 works based around Ulgundahi Island, in the heart of the Clarence River, where her mother grew up.

The exhibition will show daily at the festival and explores Frances's familial lineage through a series of prints and paintings.

“It's a way of documenting my own story and the story of local Yaegl people,” she said.

“All Yaegl people have some kind of connection with the island.”

Ms Parker has also been invited to speak on an artist panel as part of the festival, called Pain Quantum: The Art of Identity.

“I'm not sure what exactly we'll be discussing yet,” she said.

“I am going to be part of a panel discussion though.”

This is the first time Ms Parker has been invited to participate in the festival and she said she was looking forward to sharing her work and speaking with other artists.

“I've always wanted to go but never have, I've heard so many good things about it,” she said.

The Dreaming will run at Woodford in Queensland from June 5- 8.



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