James Henry: 18 Families

19 March—9 October 2021

18 Families recognises the 18 ancestors whose descendants make up the thriving Jaara community who live in, around and beyond Castlemaine today.

First Nations artist James Henry presents photographs of four families on country or in local parks, with the desire to photograph all 18 Families over time.

We are grateful to the community for their participation and shared desire to create a contemporary representation of the Jaara community in all their humanity and diversity.

James Henry recorded stories, oral histories, and reflections with the community while making portraits. You can listen to these recordings online.


Art Guide Australia
Colour Factory
Creative Victoria through the Strategic Investment Fund
Tint Design

Presented with the 2021 Castlemaine State Festival

Womindjika Woorineen willam bit
Willam Dja Dja Wurrung Balug
Wokuk mung gole-bo-turoi
talkoop mooroopook

Welcome to our homeland,
home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people
we offer you people good spirit.
Uncle Rick Nelson

The Jaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung are the Custodians of the land and waters on which we live and work. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging. We extend these same sentiments to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations peoples.

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