‘Keeping Our Stories’ Yaegl Elders Portraits is an exhibition featuring 25 stunning black and white portraits of Yaegl Elders. The project began in 2018 when renowned photographer Brian Corlis visited the Lower Clarence and photographed a selection of Elders. Brian took 18 portraits in 2018 with the remainder taken by Yaegl artists Frances Belle Parker in 2021 and Deborah Breckenridge in 2022.
Sadly, we have lost some of our Yaegl Elders since this project began, but with permission from the families, their portraits will be on display. The exhibition will open at the beginning of NAIDOC Week on Monday 4th July at The Old Kirk - Yamba Museum, with a book launch of "Keeping Our Stories" featuring stories of the Elders to be held on Friday 22nd July at 10.30am. The book can be purchased for $44. The general public are invited to attend this Exhibition opening along with participating Elders and their families to honour past and present Yaegl Elders.
The project has been supported by Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation , the Yaegl Elders and is proudly funded by the NSW Government.
Aboriginal viewers are advised that the exhibition contains names, images and voices of people who have passed.