Lake Macquarie City Council

Story Country: Uncle Jim Ridgeway

This exhibition is the result of a recent acquisition into the MAC yapang collection. It features the work of respected Biripi Elder and Artist Uncle Jim Ridgeway, comprised of ceramics…


Event Details



Event Starts

Oct 19, 2024 09:00

Event Ends

Dec 8, 2024 15:00


Museum of Art and Culture yapang


First Street Booragul NSW

The paintings and ceramics of Uncle Jim Ridgeway echo petroglyphs and entrusted stories. These artworks trace stories of the artist’s connection to Birpui and Awabakal Country 

Respected Aboriginal Elder, the late Clifford James ‘Jim’ Ridgeway grew up on a mission with the Biripi language group. From the age of 15 he was an amateur boxer with Les McNabb’s troupe until deciding to pursue his talent as a country and western singer. He became a celebrity in country music circles, scoring an award from Nashville, USA, and being named top Aboriginal country and western male vocalist in Australia in the late 1970s.

A serious car accident in the early 1990s diverted his career from singing to art, beginning with painting then ceramics. Uncle Jim Ridgeway was a founding member of the MAC yapang Aboriginal Refence Group and collaborated on artworks that are a feature of the MAC yapang Sculpture Park. 

Image at top: Jim Ridgeway’s hand coiled pottery. Clockwise from left – My Country 2004, Mukkun (Muk-kun) Lizard 2004, Toomulla (A Creek) 2003, Kangaroo 2002

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