As part of its commitment to First Nations Programming and in honour of NAIDOC week, the Sydney Opera House has unveiled Badu Gili, a series of large-scale projections on the sails of the Opera House created by five eminent First Nations artists from across the Australia and the Torres Strait Islands to be showcased year-round at sunset.
Curated by the Opera House’s Head of First Nations Programming, Rhoda Roberts AO, the projections weave together artworks by Jenuarrie (Judith Warrie), UNSW Art & Design graduate Frances Belle Parker, Alick Tipoti, and the late Lin Onus, and Minnie Pwerle.
Badu Gili – meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people – will be a daily experience offered to the wide public enabling them to explore ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection, illuminating the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail.
A celebration of the rich history and contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations cultures, Badu Gili continues the traditions of Bennelong Point, formerly known as Tubowgule, which has been a meeting place for the local Gadigal people for thousands of years.
Badu Gili is a free experience best viewed from the Podium at the top of the Monumental Steps. Viewing times take place at sunset each day. Below are some up-to-date sunset times for July, 2017. Year-round timings are subject to change with the seasons.
UNSW Art & Design recognises the invaluable contribution that First Nations people make to the social, cultural, and historical fabric of our nation. We at UNSW Art & Design are committed to supporting Indigenous students, practitioners, and researchers to meet their educational needs and aspirations. The faculty works to facilitate and achieve this through consulting and working with Indigenous staff at UNSW, through our teaching, Elder-in-Residence and Indigenous Artist-in-Residence programs, research initiatives, and our community and outreach interactions.