The Language of Art & The Art of Language

The 2018 Western and Northern Aboriginal Alliance (WANALA) Forum will be held at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education’s Batchelor Campus and the Wadeye Community from the 15th to the 19th October 2018.


See the Workshops page for full details of the workshops

The theme for this year’s forum The Language of Art & The Art of Language, is reflected in the forum program with participants choosing from a variety of workshop streams including:

  • Communication: Traditional and new communication methods, including message sticks and men’s group
  • Documenting language on-country. Mapping and stories using drones
  • The language of art: cultural and political voices in our art
  • Telling our stories: narration with visual resources
  • Managing language centres: managing and sustaining language centres and language archives.

Workshops will be held at two sites: Batchelor Institute, and the Wadeye community. See the Workshops page and the full forum program page for more details.


Registration is now open. Register here at the MyBookingManager site.

Financial support offer

Some financial travel support packages are available for non-WANALA members working with a Language Centre or Community Language team.

WANALA members have already received their offer of support for travel. For non-members of WANALA that would like to attend the Forum, we are pleased to offer $500 per Language Centre or Community to assist with travel costs. The number of these support packages in limited so please submit your request as soon as possible. This Offer of Support is open to any Language Centre or Community in Australia. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please email maree.klesch@batchelor.edu.au. Note that we do not pay funds in advance – travel support is paid on invoice after WANALA Forum attendance.


See the Accommodation page


WANALA will organise transfers from Darwin to Batchelor as below:

  • Monday 15th October, Darwin to Batchelor (for flights arriving in Darwin between 9am and 6pm)
  • Thursday 18th October 5pm, Batchelor to Darwin
  • Friday 19th October 8am, Batchelor to Darwin

From 16th to 18th October, we will pick-up each morning and drop-off in the afternoon at all accommodation locations listed on the accommodation page. We will also run a pick-up and drop-off for all evening events.


Weather in Darwin in October typically ranges from 25-33°C with humidity levels between 50-60%. Please ensure that you bring appropriate clothing for the Top End climate (light-weight clothing). If you are going on excursions it is a good idea to have a hat. For more information about the weather visit the Bureau of Meteorology.


WANALA represents 15 organisations across WA and the NT involved in the transmission of Aboriginal languages to the next generation. Over the past 5 years WANALA has held bi-annual forums across its regions. This year’s forum brings organisations together to work across language teams, share knowledge, and learn new skills of communication, documentation, narrative and language support in a range of traditional and contemporary contexts.

WANALA also extends an invitation to other Language Centres across Australia to participate in the forum to share and learn new skills for language revival and maintainance.

The practical and policy outcomes of the workshops will be presented to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the National representative who will represent Australia at the the World Indigenous Languages forums in 2019.


For further information about the forum please contact:

Maree Klesch, Manager, Batchelor Institute Press
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
P: 08 8939 7232
M: 0427 713 223
E: maree.klesch@batchelor.edu.au




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This page last updated 8th October 2018 by DJN