Art gallery puts Noongar culture front and centre

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

The smooth sounds of free live music lunches are once again reverberating from Bunbury Regional Art Galleries’ courtyard with this season’s sessions marking some big changes at the pink building.

Noongar language has been added to the facility’s name and a new logo for the galleries reflects a big range of contemporary art on show.

The text Wilger Mia was developed in partnership with the Noongar Boodjar Language Centre and loosely translated means “home of art”.

Arts and culture manager Julian Bowron said the inclusion of indigenous language was an “incredibly” important step for BRAG.

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“Noongar culture is the foundation of the South West region,” Mr Bowron said.

“Including Noongar language in our name, reflects a renewed commitment to supporting and presenting a range of work by Noongar artists at all stages of their careers.”

Several exhibitions of Noongar work are being held this year, including a survey of work by renowned Noongar artist Tjyllyungoo Lance Chadd which is showing at the galleries until February 18.

Other changes include updated signage to help visitors find their way around the facility and new uniforms for staff to make them easier to spot.

It is a makeover which will cement the place of BRAG as the heart of the Bunbury community, according to Mr Bowron.

BRAG and Good Nights will present a series of free lunch sessions to celebrate the changes and thank the community for its continued support over the past 31 years.

Musicians will entertain visitors every Friday throughout February and March between 12pm and 2pm.

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