Jerrinja Exposed - A Creative Project set to launch in Nowra

Egans Lane will light up this Friday as 100 large photographic murals translating local Aboriginal language are installed on laneway walls.

Jerrinja Exposed – A Creative Project will launch at 4.30pm on Friday, September 16. 

Ten young people connected to the local Jerrinja aboriginal community have spent several months learning creative photography skills and traditional aboriginal language at Culburra Beach

The team has been under the guidance of a mentorship team including photographer Hugh Hartshorne.

“The creative talent in this young group is very impressive, they got right into the technical side of the camera and developed digital editing skills, their photographs of the local country and community are beautiful works,” Hugh said.

The photography art translating local Jerrinja aboriginal language will be on display in the Egan’s Laneway gallery from September 16 to 24.

“Many of the words in the exhibit come from our own Jerrinja people, I am very happy knowing our young people are connecting to our Jerrinja language and culture. I am a proud miga balaang (strong woman)”

- Aunty Delia

Respected Jerrinja Elder Aunty Delia Lowe supported the young people to understand their Jerrinja aboriginal past, history and own language.

​“It is very important to keep our Jerrinja language alive and not lost. Some of our traditional language has been influenced by the surrounding clans going back hundreds of years,” Aunty Delia said.

“Many of the words in the exhibit come from our own Jerrinja people, I am very happy knowing our young people are connecting to our Jerrinja language and culture. I am a proud miga balaang (strong woman)” 

Project Manager, Alex McNeilly said it’s been inspiring to see the young group learn and develop their own digital photographic story connected to their own culture and language.

“I recall young mum Rachael McLeod last week sharing how she can now ensure Jerrinja culture and language is known and used by her two young sons so that they grow up into strong proud Aboriginal men,” he said.

Friday’s official ceremony will begin at 5pm and the event will run until 7.30pm. Along with the artistic talents on display, there will be plenty of food, entertainment and music to keep everyone happy.

 The Jerrinja Exposed Project has been a community collaboration, with many people and mentors helping make the unique event happen.