Hanging Valley is a curatorial and creative solutions collective that aims to explore and promote contemporary culture across a variety of locations and experience platforms.
Hanging Valley works in partnership with individuals, groups, communities and organisations from diverse locations, artistic traditions and studio practices to co-produce events, exhibitions, and programming.
All Hanging Valley we work closely with our partners to design, build and bring to life projects are built upon the pillars of collaboration, cultural exchange and knowledge transfer. All projects look to encourage and support positive sector change and sustainability from beginning to end.
Our areas of interest include:
remote and regional arts and community sector development
cultural maintenance and language preservation
publishing and cultural archives
access and participation based programming for sustainable industries
initiatives that promote trans-cultural, cross-border engagement
the development of best practice and culturally safe governance and training
Hanging Valley Director
Kade Mcdonald has held diverse positions across the Australian art sector. In addition to his role as founder and Director or Hanging Valley, Kade is the Executive Director of Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation. He was the Coordinator for Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts and Cultural Centre in Yirrkala for 6 years. He was the founding Director of Bus Projects, Melbourne in 2001 and has previously been appointed to the Visual Arts Grants selection committee for The Ministry for the Arts, The Australian Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria (Chair) and Arts NT Visual Arts board.
This year, he is engaged as producer of the 2019 Tarnanthi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Festival at the Art Gallery of South Australia, as well as the Australian Project manager and co-curator for the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum at the University of Virginia USA, for their major 2020 touring exhibition of Arnhem Land bark paintings, Madayin.
Kade is also a board member of the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Darebin City Council, is an appointed Expert Examiner for the Moveable Heritage Act on behalf of the Federal Department of Communications and the Arts, and has been engaged as a cultural consultant through ANKA for several years where he assists in implementing cultural maintenance and repatriation projects.
Senior Cultural Advisor
Regina Pilawuk Wilson is a Ngan’gikurrungurr woman born in the Daly River region of the Northern Territory. She is an internationally recognised senior artist, the founding member of the Peppimenarti community (which is today home to over 200 people), and the Cultural Director of Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation.
Regina and her 5 sisters were taught traditional weaving, foraging and natural dyeing techniques by her grandmother, who was taught by her grandmother before her. In 2018, Regina took her knowledge of weaving to Castlemaine in Melbourne where she took part in ‘A Woven Dialogue’ - an exhibition of transcultural weaving - alongside women from Victoria’s Dja Dja Wurrung Clan. In 2019 this exhibition was presented at the Castlemaine State Festival, and was further developed and turned into a book by the La Trobe Art Institute in Bendigo in partnership with Hanging Valley.
Regina’s paintings and weavings are held in multiple public and private collections within both Australia and abroad. Collectors include the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), The British Museum in London, as well as numerous private and corporate collections. Wilson’s paintings have been included in many group exhibitions at public and private art institutions, including the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Art, the Wynne Prize (2008 and 2009), AGNSW, and Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters at the National Museum of the Arts, Washington. Regina was the winner of the 2010 NAATSIA General Painting Award.
Partnerships and Development Manager
Projects and Funding Assistant
NIMBI Archive Coordinator