Artists come together to showcase NAIDOC

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Bunbury artist Troy Bennell with Amanda Bell and her piece for the exhibition.
Camera IconBunbury artist Troy Bennell with Amanda Bell and her piece for the exhibition. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

More than 100 art lovers are expected to turn out for the Voice Treaty Truth exhibition opening tomorrow night at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery.

Artists from Gnaala Karla Boodja, South West Boojarah, Wagyl Kaip and Whadjuk regions were asked to respond to this year’s NAIDOC Week theme Voice, Treaty, Truth, Let’s work together for a shared future.

Gallery director Dr Joanne Baitz said art was important and brought communities together.

“Through art we learn who we are as humans, it reflects our identity, our nationhood, our culture and our time,” Dr Baitz said.

“This exhibition shows what is possible within one’s own art practice.”

Event artist Amanda Bell said the inspiration behind her design was ‘survival’.

“I wanted to use every day ordinary objects and make them heroic, beautiful and courages,” Ms Bell said. “I was inspired by survival, strength and the fire below symbols all Aboriginal people coming out of the fire and surviving.

“The colours, I experimented with avocados and and all sorts of natural stuff to get the red tones.”

The Noongar Country exhibition has been curated by Joanne Hill, with the assistance of the BRAG exhibition team.

The exhibition will run until September 29.

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