Ruby DAVIES, Water as life: The town of Wilcannia and the Darling / Baaka, 20 August 2007 Enlarge 1 /1


Australia born 1953

Water as life: The town of Wilcannia and the Darling / Baaka, 20 August 2007 2007 Materials & Technique: photographs, giclee / pure pigment print Support: archival art paper, framed
Edition: 1/5

Dimensions: printed image 89.0 h x 120.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2008
Accession No: NGA 2008.1204
Image rights: © Ruby Davies


This is a photograph by Australian artist Ruby Davies (b.1953) depicting people from the town of Wilcannia standing on the river bed of the Darling River. The photograph is shown as an enlargeable image. This work was exhibited as a part of the exhibition ‘Creating worlds’, at the National Gallery of Australia in 2013. More information on this work of art and the exhibition can be found on the Gallery’s Creating Worlds website. It gives information about the artist’s documentation of the river system. The photograph measures 89.0 cm high x 120.0 cm wide and the technique is giclee/pure pigment print.

Educational value

  • This is a useful resource for the responding strand in all year bands of the visual arts curriculum. It provides a valuable opportunity for students to use their developing conceptual understandings and skills in critical analysis to respond to an Australian artwork. The interaction between the people of Wilcannia and their environment shown in the photograph also relates to the geography curriculum in years 5 and 7, Year 5 content descriptions refer to the influence that people have on the characteristics of places, while the image is a great visual symbol for the unit of study on water in year 7.
  • This resource is of considerable significance for the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority. It addresses the current water issues surrounding these areas of Australia, and the interdependence of environmental, social, cultural and economic systems. It also emphasises the need for individual and community actions for sustainability as the work of art engages and connects local town people with their natural environment and landscape.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra