Hear about the Burnett River Rocks from contemporary Gooreng Gooreng artist Dylan Sarra

17 March 2022

In the early 1970s, a significant sacred site of engraved rocks on the banks of the Burnett River, Bundaberg was excavated ahead of an irrigation project that flooded the area.

Photo credit: Dylan Sarra, Burral Burral, 2021. Photo: Andrew Willis. Courtesy of the artist.

The rocks were relocated to several Queensland institutions, including the University of Queensland.

Now UQ Art Museum will be hosting Gooreng Gooreng artist Dylan Sarra to talk about his research into the Burnett River Rocks, and the ongoing project to repatriate them to their Country of origin.

All those interested are welcome to attend Sarra’s address, from 12.30pm-1.30pm on Tuesday 3 May at the Amphitheatre outside the Michie Building on UQ St Lucia Campus. Those unsure of the location are encouraged to meet at 12:15pm at UQ Art Museum, to be directed. Please Register Here.

This event is presented in line with the UQ Reconciliation Action Plan and is supported by the Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement).

Sarra is passionate about how Indigenous art contributes to written language. In 2020 and 2021, he was selected as a finalist in The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). His work is held by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

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