Tyrone SHEATHER

(NSW)

Image: Giidanyba by Tyrone Sheather at Dark Mofo (2015), Tasmania. 

Image: Giidanyba by Tyrone Sheather at Dark Mofo (2015), Tasmania. 

Tyrone Sheather is a young Gumbaynggirr artist from Bellingen who works within different art mediums including photography, film, projection art, paint, textiles and dance. He loves creating works that blur the boundaries between these art forms as well as incorporating new technology to create fresh and exciting ways for art to be perceived with relevance to the evolving world.

Tyrone made the first film entirely in Gumbaynggirr Language in 2008. This film won Best Short Film and Peoples Choice at the Local Clapper Film Festival. This film is still being used for language teaching by Muurrbay Language Centre, and Training by 3rd Space Mob. In 2009 Tyrone received the Lester Bostock scholarship, which included mentorship, a cash budget and equipment to make a short film. At this time he began working with Photography in the form of photo shoots with local models.

In 2011 Tyrone began the Gumbaynggirr Dreaming project with 3rd Space Mob. In this project he made films of 3 stories his Great Grandfather recorded in 1970. He also created the artwork, sets and costumes for the film. These films were launched in August 2012. He is currently taking the role of Arts Director in the inter-arts program entitled ʻWelcome to Gumbaynggirrʼ funded through NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund. An interactive exhibition that blends art forms to create a tangible world of contemporary Gumbaynggirr (Aboriginal) knowledge. As well as the artist behind a photography project ʻDreaming Aloudʼ funded by Australia Council for the Arts that brings a contemporary view to the original stories of Gumbaynggirr.