The iconic Australian Wyn-wood mural, known as the world’s oldest continuous painting, was painted in 1851 and now stands on the site of the Wynstone Mining Company site in Wivenhoe, New South Wales.
Photo: Paul Rovere More than 200 years after the mural was first painted, its history has only just begun.
The murals are part of a vibrant art project called Wynstonia, a term coined by Australian artist J.S.M. Williams in response to the global economic crisis in the late 1980s.
The Wynstromia project aims to promote and showcase Indigenous art and heritage through public and private funding.
Its aim is to “recognise the beauty and complexity of Indigenous culture by creating a vibrant and dynamic public space, which is open to all Australians”.
Wyntonia was founded by Australian art dealer and painter David Williams in 1992.
The project’s current director, Wyntronia director Peter Tully, said the mural had been a favourite of artists since its creation in 1848.
He said it had been particularly influential on the Wivenholme community, which included many Aboriginal people, and he hoped it would continue to do so.
“It was really important to create a space for people to come together to paint the mural,” he said.
“We’ve also tried to create an environment where we can see that Indigenous people are not forgotten.” “
Indigenous people were “not forgotten” in Australia, Mr Tully said, but it was not always clear how they would be acknowledged and understood. “
We’ve also tried to create an environment where we can see that Indigenous people are not forgotten.”
Indigenous people were “not forgotten” in Australia, Mr Tully said, but it was not always clear how they would be acknowledged and understood.
Indigenous artists have long had a history of painting murals on the country’s traditional land.
Mr TULLY said Wynstons contribution to the Waunton community was especially important because it was the only mural that had been painted on the traditional land since 1848, when the Wawners left the area and moved to nearby Port Macquarie.
“There are other murals around the country that have been painted over the years but Waunstonia is the only one that has stayed,” he told ABC Radio.
Indigenous artist David Williams said the Wyonstonia mural had an “unsettling” impact on Indigenous people. “
When you see Waunstone [the Aboriginal name for the Waverton area], you think it’s just a small community, but when you look at the people who live there and the land itself, they’re part of Waunstons history.”
Indigenous artist David Williams said the Wyonstonia mural had an “unsettling” impact on Indigenous people.
“To paint on our ancestral land, that was a massive and important decision,” he explained.
“Not only did it change our lives and our relationship with the land, but that was also the first time the Wightys ever did that in the traditional way.”
Mr Williams said Indigenous artists needed to continue to paint murals because they were an important part of the local economy.
“Every mural that comes in, they have to be part of that community’s economy,” he added.
He said Indigenous people would need to continue using the murals for their art and cultural heritage to be recognised and appreciated. “
But I think we need to keep painting because we’re so important here in the Wunton community.”
He said Indigenous people would need to continue using the murals for their art and cultural heritage to be recognised and appreciated.
“As long as Indigenous artists and people are going to continue painting and making art, then it’s OK,” he argued.
“You’re part the fabric of our society.”