Wild Dog is an immersive installation and exhibition exploring the importance of one of Australia’s most misunderstood but significant cultural symbols – the dingo.

This is the first artistic outcome of a multi-year cultural maintenance and revival project that connects the Dingo story from Kaurna and Narungga country in South Australia to Lardil Country in Mornington Island, including cultural links stretching to the Wild Dog story for the Bunun people from Taiwan.

The project, conceived and artistically directed by Kaurna/Narungga artist Jacob Boehme, has been created to preserve and maintain the Wild Dog story. Often renegaded as a pest, the Dingo has and continues to be a significant living figure in First Nations’ cultures and presence within the Australia ecological system.

The exhibition will feature film animation, puppetry, dance, song and immersive art works, along with a public program of panels and talks that will further explore themes within the works. A beautiful and visceral multi-media event open to all ages.

The Wild Dog is presented by Tarnanthi and will be held at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute from Friday 15 July until Saturday 20 August 2022.

On opening night, July 15, Tandanya will be open until 8.30pm and include a program of public talks, find out more here.

Image: Peter Waples-Crowe

Presented by Tarnanthi at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute as part of Illuminate Adelaide

Produced by Country Arts SA and Insite Arts

Learn more about the background of the project here.

Wild Dog is an exciting project that features film animation, puppetry, dance, song and interactive installations created by artists and communities across five Nations: Narungga (SA), Kaurna (SA), Lardil (Qld), Kaiadilt (Qld) and Bunun (Taiwan). As students move through this fascinating, beautiful, and visceral story that has been thousands of years in the making they will find out how the dingo teaches us many lessons for life; ways of behaving, kinship and our responsibility to caring for Country.

The storytelling of the event is suitable for all ages.

An Education Resource has been prepared to support teachers to prepare students prior to visiting the event and as a follow up after the event and to engage in the Revitalisation & Maintenance of First Nations peoples’ cultural practices of:

  • Language
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

The Education Resource includes a sequence of learning activities for students from Foundation to Year 10 that will provide:

  • culturally responsive teaching activities with curriculum aligned lesson plans
  • learning activities for students post attendance at Wild Dog.
View the education pack here Schools book here


Shadow Art Workshop (45 minutes) – BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Sessions: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm
Dates are 8- 12 of August (Monday to Friday)
Location: Workshop Room, Tandanya

Interactive workshop for children and young people to create their own shadow art. These workshops are design to bring to life the stories within the Wild Dog exhibition and captivate the children imaginations.

Kaurna Night Sky with Paul Curnow (20 minute sessions) – BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Time: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm
Dates: 10 August
Location: Theatre, Tandanya

Join Paul Curnow for a 20 minute presentation on the Kaurna night skies. Learn about Kaurna cultural connections to the stars and constellations, held within the Kaurna component of the exhibition. Not to be missed, bookings are essential.

Schools book here

These school holidays explore First Nations culture by engaging in free workshops and immersing yourself in the Wild Dog exhibition.

Shadow Art Workshop
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Dates: Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 July
Location: Workshop Room, Tandanya

Interactive workshop for children and young people to create their own shadow art. These workshops are design to bring to life the stories within the Wild Dog exhibition and captivate the children imaginations.

Kaurna Night Sky with Paul Curnow (20 minute sessions) – Bookings Required
Sessions: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm
Date: 22 July 2022
Location: Theatre, Tandanya

Join Paul Curnow for a 20 minute presentation on the Kaurna night skies. Learn about Kaurna cultural connections to the stars and constellations, held within the Kaurna component of the exhibition. Not to be missed, bookings are essential.

Get to know more about the artists involved, the dingo and the background to the Wild Dog project with the following free public programs.

In Conversation with Jacob Boehme, Bradley Smith, and Sonya Takau
Date: 5:30pm, Friday 15 July
Location: West Gallery, Tandanya

Artistic Director Jacob Boehme, Senior Lecturer in Psychology Dr Bradley Smith and Sonya Takau founder of Dingo Culture all share a deep respect and fascination with the Dingo. Through their work and advocacy, all three strive to raise awareness and make sustainable change for the dingo. This conversation will demonstrate the need to bridge gaps across different disciplines and perspectives with the common goal to save our Dingo.

Participants: Jacob Boehme, Bradley Smith and Sonya Takau
Recorded by Raymond Zada

Artist Talk with Roxanne Thomas
Date: 7:00pm, Friday 15 July
Location: West Gallery, Tandanya

Dive deep into the mind and artistic practice of Lardil woman and artist Roxanne Thomas. Interview by Raymond Zada, this conversation will open participants up to her artistic practice, storytelling and cultural connections to the Dingo.

Participants: Roxanne Thomas
MC: Raymond Zada
Recorded by Raymond Zada

Fire Talk with Jacob Boehme
Date: 11:00am, Saturday 16 July
Location: Main Gallery

Join Wild Dog Artistic Director, Jacob Boehme as he presents an exclusive Fire Talk. An interactive ‘talking circle’ which engages participants in a critical conversation about the artwork and issues within. Not to be missed.

MC: Jacob Boehme
Recorded by Raymond Zada

Cultural Revival/ Maintenance Panel
Date: 12:30pm Saturday 16 July,
Location: West Gallery, Tandanya

Blurb: Due to colonisation, Aboriginal and Indigenous cultures have suffered immeasurable loss of knowledge and cultural practice. Wild Dog Exhibition is an act of cultural revival and maintenance, adding to the existing work of community and culture building. Hear from strong community leaders who have been actively engaging in cultural revival and maintenance and what challenges and successes they have faced.

Participants: Sonya Rankine, Uncle Major Sumner, Roxanne Thomas
MC: Jacob Boehme
Recorded by Raymond Zada

Dingo Advocacy
Date: 6:00pm – 7:30pm Thursday 28 July
Location: Online (Zoom)

For decades, the Dingo has been under attack and demonised as a pest within its own natural habitat. Hear from panellists who are fierce defenders of the Dingo and want to see sustainable and fair change for your beloved Dog.

Participants: TBC
MC: Jacob Boehme

Creative Team

Wild Dog – Narungga Film

Artistic Director
Jacob Boehme
Narungga, Kaurna Peoples

Cinematographer & Editor
Keith Deverell

Sound Composer & Music Composition
James Henry
Yorta Yorta, Yuin, Yuwaalaraa, Gamilaraay Peoples

Narungga Songwoman and Lyricist
Sonya Rankine
Ngarrindjeri, Ngadjuri, Narungga, Wirangu People

Choreography & Dance
Kaine Sultan-Babij
Eastern Arrernte, Gurindgi Peoples
South Australian First Nations Dance Collective

Costume Design
Kathryn Sproul

Narrunga Costume Advisor
Aunty Deanna Newchurch

Costume Construction (The Boy, Black Dog Puppeteers)
Suncana Gogic
Tesa Gogic

Costume Construction (The Elders, Dancers, Children)
Seana O’Brien

Art Finishing
Suncana Gogic
Kathryn Sproul

Woven Costume Accessories (The Elders)
Sonya Rankine

Location Costume Continuity
Suncana Gogic

Hair, Make-up, Special Effects
Beverley Freeman

Puppet Design and Creation
Tim Denton

Make up
Beverley Freeman

Melanie Koolmatrie

Caleena Sansbury
Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, Kaurna Peoples

Kenneth Johnson
Ngarrindjeri, Erawirung, Kanakas peoples

Aunty Deanna Newchurch
Narungga, Kaurna, Adnyamathanha,  Ngaduri, Ngarrindjeri

Uncle Rex Angie
Narungga, Kaurna, Bungala, Nauo, Wirangu, Ngadjuri

Uncle Dimmy Agius

Aunty Lynette Newchurch
Narungga, Kaurna, Adnyamathanha,  Ngaduri, Ngarrindjeri

Alison Currie
Cazna Brass

Kaine Sultan-Babij

Aunty Lynette Newchurch

Production Coordinator
Ollie Black

Set Assistant
Pirie Martin

Photography Assistant
Sasha Smith
Boandik People


Six Dog Night – Kaurna Exhibition

Artistic Direction
Jacob Boehme
Narungga, Kaurna peoples

Recording artist/Editor
Raymond Zada
Barkindji People

Dominic Guerrera
Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna Peoples

Aunty Lynnette Crocker

Uncle Lewis O’Brien

Astronomy Consultant
Paul Curnow

Kaurna Night Sky Design
Graeme Stanley

Dingo Soft Sculptures
Kathryn Sproul

Seana O’Brien


Taiwan Exhibition

Dr Biung Ismahasan
Bunun People, Taiwan


Lardil – Ngarrimbi

Roxanne Thomas

Uncle Frank Watt


Kaiadilt Exhibition

Netta Loogatha Birrmuyingathi Maali

Jacob Boehme

John Armstrong

There are so many people and organisations that came together to make this project happen. Thank you to each and everyone of you.

Original Wild Dog Working Group

Uncle Lewis O’Brien
Uncle Klynton Wanganeen
Uncle Eddie Newchurch
Uncle Jeffrey Newchurch
Uncle Moggy Sumner
Aunty Regina McKenzie

Original artistic and cultural advisor

Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin

Narungga artifact maker

Ian (Bobo) Harradine

Narungga Elder in school

Aunty Lynette Newchurch

Narungga Artists in schools

Sonya Rankine
Clem Newchurch
Nikki Ashby
Brad Harkin
Kev Kropinyeri
Jacob Boehme

Elders performing in Narungga Dance film

Aunty Deanna Newchurch
Aunty Lynette Newchurch
Uncle Rex Angie
Uncle Demetrious (Dimmy) Agius

Kaurna Elders consulted

Uncle Lewis O’Brien
Aunty Lynette Crocker

Lardil Elders consulted

Aunty Roxanne Thomas
Uncle Frank Watt


翁德才 Mu’u
林蘇紫美 Ingu
韃虎.伊斯瑪哈單.伊斯立端 Dahu Ismahasan Islituan
伊斯坦大.阿布 Istanda Abu
黟布 Ibu
曾秋明 Amui

Narungga Elders

Uncle Jeffrey Newchurch Melissa Agius
Carlo Sansbury Renate Sansbury
Uncle Dimmy Agius Angelena Harradine
Michael Wanganeen Lesley Wanganeen
Bernadette Eastham (Angelina carer) Tanya Angie
Ann Newchurch Cyril (Bigsy) Kartinyeri
Paul (Henry) Baker Roslyn Goldsmith
Christina Stockley Robert Weetra
Eddie Newchurch Ian Harradine
Cecil Graham Garth Agius
Evelyn Varcoe Lyn Harrison
Merle Simpson John Buckskin
Claudia Buckskin Lyall Sansbury
Janine Sansbury Ian Harradine
Claudia Smith Alice Newchurch
Aunty Lizzie Newchurch Ronnie Newchurch
Uncle Dookie Jason Hartwig
Anne Newchurch Melissa Agius
Bart Sansbury Angelina Harradine
Demetrious Agius (Dimmy)  
Lyn Harrison Jade Brook
Tanya Angie Janita Haven
Kaiya Agius Amanda Beare
Mathew McMenamin Lynda Webb
Bart Sansbury Johanna Kite
Marlene Harradine Jade Harradine
Leonhard Miller Michael Wanganeen Jnr
Peter Turner Vanessa Agius

Other Narungga Elders consulted not at Elder camp

Aunty Peggy Weetra
Aunty Kaylene O’Loughlin
Uncle Klynton Wanganeen
Aunty Lizzie Newchurch
Uncle Ronnie Newchurch
Uncle Edmond O’Loughlin
Kelly Sansbury

Produced by

Country Arts SA
Insite Arts

Presented by

Art Gallery of South Australia
With support from Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

Supported by Partners

Narungga Nations Aboriginal Corporation
Point Pearce Aboriginal Corporation
Mirndiyan Gununa – Mornington Island Art Centre
Central Yorke School
Namasia school
State Library South Australia

Funded by

Indigenous Languages and Arts
Arts South Australia
Arts Queensland
Ministry of Culture Taiwan
Port Adelaide Enfield Council
Country Arts SA – Regional Arts Fund
Artback NT
Australia Council for the Arts
Lucy Guerin Inc

Special thanks to the Narungga students at Central Yorke School, Maitland, Yorke Peninsula.

The Narungga Wild Dog cultural story, was handed down from Irene Agius to Quenten Agius and Louise Brown.

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