Waridi Barrabarragga & Yirran Miigaydhu: Ngaba Dyalgalama
(Dharawal language for ‘Mothers Embrace’)

Marilyn Rayward, ‘Jelly fish (cluster of 3)’, 2024, woven with mixed media materials including raffia, wool and yarn; Jo Tanginoa, collection of woven objects’, 2021-22. Installation view of ‘Waridi Barrabarragga & Yirran Miigaydhu: Ngaba Dyalgalama’ at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2024). Courtesy the artists. Photo: Silversalt Photography.

Exhibition Dates: 13 April – 23 June 2024

Opening Event: Saturday 13 April, 2pm – 4pm

‘Ngaba Dyalgalama’ is a collaborative exhibition by Yirran Miigaydhu and Waridi Barrabarragga. The project looks at the importance of relationships, including totems, in the passing on of cultural knowledge. With Country as it’s starting point, otherwise described by Aunty Annette Houston as Mother (land, water and sky), ‘Ngaba Dyalgalama’ focuses on the interdependent connections between Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, Country and culture.

Coming together for the first time, over 20 artists from Campbelltown Arts Centre’s weavers group Yirran Miigaydhu and ceramics group Waridi Barrabarragga present a site-specific installation. Featuring clay totems and woven pieces, the artists articulate the interconnectedness between Mother, culture and each other. Many nations now call Dharawal home, yet still feel connection to their own Country.


Amelia Lai, Annette Houston, Brendalee Coan, Christine Barton, Dawn Potts, Diane Andrewartha, Hector Ritchie, Jillian Scahill, Joanne Venn, Jo Tanginoa, Karen Austin, Kathleen Hailes, Kerry Dews, Madalanne Taylor, Marilyn Rayward, Michelle Hailes, Natalie Valiente, Patricia Ping, Sarah Morris, Susan Grant, Tahnee Ping, Tanya Koeneman, Tina Taylor.

Waridi Barrabarragga 

Waridi Barrabarragga meaning “play with mud” in Dharawal language is led by local Wiradjuri ceramicist, Natalie Valiente. It’s a Campbelltown Arts Centre creative workshop program for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists to develop new skills in a safe space to explore, to create and to yarn.  Over a series of 7 workshops, Waridi Barrabarragga met at Campbelltown Arts Centre, specifically to create totem works for this Exhibition.  The group provides a means of empowering our Aboriginal community to embrace their culture and identity through connection and artistic projects. 

Yirran Miigaydhu 

Yirran Miigaydhu meaning “many women” in Dharawal language was established in 2015.  The group meet once a month at Campbelltown Arts Centre and are led by Aunty Annette Houston and Jo Tanginoa.  The group weaves in traditional and contemporary methods with natural fibres and grasses such as Lomandra and vines which are harvested in the surrounding area.  Yirran Miigaydhu holds and supports women’s knowledge and experiences.  In particular, there is a focus on relationships from a female perspective, the stories of women’s multi-faceted role, as carer for country, provider, holders of culture, knowledge and strength and the way in which women forge and nurture relationships.