Narrun Yana is a deadly collective of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists based in Narrm/Melbourne. From the Woiwurrung Language of the Kulin Nation, Narrun Yana means Spirit Journey.
Together the collective create a wide range of Art, Design and New Media works that reflect their journey from out of home care into their futures as strong young members of the community.
Narrun Yana is a safe space for young people to work together in a creative environment that supports economic independence, as well as professional development opportunities within the arts and cultural sector.
Meet the Artists
Gina McRae is a proud young Ngarrindjeri woman from Adelaide, South Australia who has grown up in Melbourne, Victoria.
Gina’s practice is mainly commissioned based paintings that are intuitive and combine her personal Aboriginal designs over vibrant colour spectrums. Gina paints responding to people and creates abstract interpretations from her feelings.
When Gina was young, one of her older cousins encouraged her to paint after she saw one of his works he did in prison.
“I love art! It’s my way of expressing my emotions and who I am as a young Aboriginal woman.”
Rubii Red is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait woman from Cairns, Queensland. Her mob are the Lama Lama people of Coen, in the Cape York Peninsula but has grown up in Melbourne, Victoria in foster care.
Rubii is an aspiring photographer and film-maker, as well as a portrait and abstract artist. Her work is focused around numerous elements. Her abstract works are focused mainly on emotions, experiences and thoughts to release energies inside her. Her goals as a film-maker and photographer are to capture the beauty of our people and to share our culture with a wider audience. Rubii hopes to create films about our culture and our history and share that with the whole world and inspire the next generation.
“Art is my best friend. It has been with me since I was 4 years old and has allowed me to tell people how I was feeling without having to actually use words.”
Nakia Is a proud Gunditjmara, Yorta, Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Bunitj woman who grew up in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.
Nakia’s practice is mainly drawing and she creates strong design sensibilities that connect with her family lines and landscapes of her country’s.
Nakia is interested in creating new ranges of babywear for community and she is excited about motherhood influencing her future artworks.
“Art is an aspect of my culture that I love exploring. Doing art has helped me become stronger within my identity as an Aboriginal woman, as well as
allowing me to share my knowledge through art.”
Tara grew up in Melbourne. When she was little she used to sit and watch her Nan paint for hours and hours. Her Nan was her biggest inspiration when she began doing art as a teenager.
Tara likes to use black and white because they complement each other nicely.
“Art is something that connected me and my Nan. She died when I was younger but she taught me how to do everything.”
The Narrun Yana Art Collective on SYN Radio
SYN Radio recently did an interview with Rubii Red and Gina about the Narrun Yana Art Collective, art, culture and being in care. You can have a listen to the conversation below.
In purchasing these products, you are contributing to the future of the young artists’ practice and the sustainability of the Art Collective as the young people will receive income from the sale of their products, as well as contributing a percentage back into the collective for future print runs and materials.