Exhibition spotlights indigenous stories through art
Indigenous stories will be told through art when the annual Noongar Country exhibition opens at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries next week.
More than 30 artists responded to the theme ‘six seasons’ which has resulted in artwork by artists at all stages of their career.
Arts and culture manager Julian Bowron said the exhibition would feature pieces from emerging through to nationally recognised artists, telling a range of stories about connection to country.
“The stories and the talent held by our indigenous community is extraordinary,” Mr Bowron said.
“Noongar Country is an opportunity to showcase the depth and breadth of this talent to a wide audience and it gives us all the opportunity to learn more about the indigenous history and culture of our region.”
BRAG has collaborated with Maker and Co and Boodja Group to coordinate this year’s exhibition and it will complement the development of a regional Noongar Arts Strategy.
Boodja Group managing director and exhibition coordinator Melissa Khan said representation of Noongar culture through art was empowering.
“The importance and significance of artistic representation of culture truly honours Aboriginal people’s traditional way of documenting and sharing knowledge,” Ms Khan said.
“Creative interpretation is intrinsic to our being and our natural way of expression, it is with and through the arts that we truly can connect, educate and empower people on a multitude of uniquely individual levels.
“It is through the universal language art speaks that we can all speak to each other no matter our differences.”
The exhibition will be officially opened on June 30 by Art Gallery of WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts curator and Murri woman Carly Lane.
Opening night will also feature live entertainment and Geographe region wines.
The exhibition will be on display until September 3.
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