Aboriginal art on show in Moira

     
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An exhibition of art work exploring the connection of Aboriginal people to the Riverina’s red gum country has opened at the Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre in Nathalia.

With over 20 works on show the display is nothing short of amazing and features works from

Dennis Baksh, Allan McKenzie, Cory McKenzie, Jilalaga Murray-Ranui, Norman Stewart and Kevin Williams.

The Riverina Red Gums project explores the artistic cultural connection between the artists and the Riverina Red Rum Reserves (National and Regional Parks) and features mediums including painting, photography and sculpture.

Executive Officer of the Country, Culture and Heritage Division in the Office of Environment and Heritage Norman Laing said the six artists were mentored by two established artists in their own right: William (Badger) Bates, is a Barkindji (Paakantji) man from western NSW and Djon Mundine OAM, is a Bandjalung man from northern NSW.

“The River Red Gum Forests have supported Aboriginal people for over 30,000 years by providing food, fibre, shelter, tools and medicines,” he said.

“Today the Red Gum Forests continue to provide a strong sense of belonging and this is evident in every piece in this exhibition.”

The ‘Expressing Cultural Attachment Through Art’ project began in 2010 and culminated in a touring exhibition that has travelled to Griffith, Echuca, Deniliquin and Mildura.

The project is funded by the NSW Government, Office of Environment and Heritage Aboriginal Park Partnership Funding Program.

The exhibition concludes in September.

The Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre is an appropriate place to host an exhibition of this calibre because it also features the fascinating and diverse history of this iconic region. Learn about local indigenous history, the timber industry, woodcutters, riverboats, leech and feather collectors, cattlemen and more –all in an easy going style that educates and enlightens.

From pre-history to the present day, learn of the struggles and be amazed at the achievements of our forefathers.

 

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