St Barnabas Church is excited to host the art exhibition “God Talk, My Culture”. The exhibition is on loan from Barkly Regional Arts Center, Tennant Creek, NT.
When Christian Missions and Mission schools were established amongst the Australian Indigenous Communities, the stories of the Bible were introduced to a people group for whom story telling was a genre central to their culture. For Aboriginal people painting and drawing was literacy and a long used visual aid to story-telling. It’s not surprising then to find these elements – story-telling and painting, at the forefront of how Christian faith is expressed and shared today in indigenous communities.
The style draws heavily on Sunday School flashcards and Flannel Graph figures fused with traditional painting techniques and indigenous symbolism. The settings are Australian outback landscapes, not the Judean hills. They are representations of narratives, rather than theological or abstract concepts. These story paintings are often produced in haste, taken to church and shared by showing and telling, then taken home to a dusty bush dwelling to be finished.
The paintings will be on display in the downstairs foyer of St Barnabas Anglican Church, 57-61 Mountain St Ultimo NSW. They can be viewed during business hours and on Sundays during our regular service times (10am, 4.30pm & 6.30pm).