Songlines refer to an ancient memory system used by Aboriginal people to move through and survive in some of Australia’s harshest environments.
‘Singing the landscape’ works like a memory map, marking important routes for navigating country set out by ancestral beings. These include important sites for rituals, where to find animals, plants and water, and an understanding of lore.
As an oral tradition this ensures the passing on of practical and cultural knowledge through the generations, increasing success of survival and continuation of culture.
Many artists from Central Australia employ songlines when producing their artworks. Artists in this exhibition have referred to stories they are now custodians for or country they maintain cultural connections to.