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Arts North West | Making Old Markings New

Arts North West has been successful in securing $15,000 from the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund through Arts NSW for a project to rediscover Aboriginal mark-making traditions from the New England North West region.

Making Old Markings New is a project developed to support professional and skills development of four Anaiwan and Kamilaroi artists allowing them to re-connect and re-build their regional cultural identity.

“This is a three part project. Stage 1 saw the artists visit 4 rock art sites in the region where they were accompanied by an archaeologist and traditional Owners/Elders who spoke about the meanings and importance of the rock art” explained Project Manager, Pene Riggs. “Stage 2 includes a visit to the Australian Museum and Macleay Museum in Sydney to view their collections from our region, and the final stage is an exhibition in 2017 which will be based on the learnings from these visits.”

Arts North West Aboriginal Arts Officer, Lorrayne Riggs said, “After 3 days thoroughly exploring traditional rock art, the artists have left feeling motivated and inspired to create works that focus on the traditional markings from our region.”

For more information on Making Old Markings New, contact the Project Manager – Pene Riggs on 02 6725 4023 or email