The Sydney basin is home to the biggest outdoor art museum in the world.

The area that hosts Sculpture by the Sea is home to the whale shark rock art, historically Sculpture by the Sea brings foreign sculptures here to celebrate art and culture.

gawura guruwin is a First nations collaborative with the local Aboriginal community that will celebrate continuing First Nations culture and draw attention to the rock art, the beginning of all artforms in the world today.  gawura guruwin will illuminate the whale shark on the sand with a welcome, storytelling, and cultural burning. Sculptures by the Sea is aligned with whale watching season. With the recent humpback caught in nets off Bondi this artwork will be a timely reminder of our connection to our environment and need to preserve it.

Cultural Burning

19th of October 2018,

7 PM

Nicole Monks

In collaboration with Uncle Charles Madden, Uncle Vic Sims artist Kristine Townsend, Teresa Gay, Nhurra (you mob) & special thanks Phil NSW


gawura guruwin (whale shark)


MATERIALS eucalyptus leaves and native timbers, banksia pods, tea tree oil, fire, water, existing sand an energy


DIMENSIONS 20 meter diameter


STATEMENT Celebrating the continous connection of First Nations people to this land and its oceans. Drawn by local Gadigal Elder, Charles Madden. gawura guruwin will be a sculptural fire


BIOGRAPHY Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Arts NSW Aboriginal Design Mentorship 2016, Sculpture at Barangaroo 2017, SxS Clitheroe Foundation Mentorship 2018.

Collection of Whale Shark Stories

Gawura Gurwin Stories - Varied
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Featured as an audio component of the artwork on Tamarama Beach, are this collection of stories from these interviewees:

- Elder Uncle Charles Madden

- Dr Fabrice Jaine, Science and Data Officer, Sydney Institute of Marine Science

- Helen Anu, Indigenous Programs, Australian National Maritime Museum

- Nicole Monks, Artist, gaura gurwin

- Elder Uncle Vic Simms

- Rachael Fallon, Dive Instructor, Abyss Scuba

- Peta-Joy Williams

- Phil Growther


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