Bidjee Dreaming | Bundian Way Gallery
An Aboriginalart exhibition curated by South East Arts
‘Everything we paint comes off country.’
Bidjee Dreaming opened in Delegate last month. This new exhibition will run for the next three months, showing a variety of works from Aboriginal artists residing in the high country of the South East region. This is the second curated by South East Arts.
Paintings, drawings and woodwork fill the old bank in Delegate, now know as the Bundian Way Gallery – the region’s first art space dedicated to exhibiting Aboriginal art – and exposing emerging talent from across the South East.
Alice Williams from Cooma is one of the featured artists in the new exhibition. Her works, including a painted Coolamon, reflect the rich history of her Walgalu country. ‘The bush, the cultural connections, and the animals…the paintings hold the spirit of our country. Everything we paint comes off country.’
Another high country artist featured in Bidjee Dreaming, Jandemarra Wall, shared Alice’s sentiment: ‘I get inspired by the Malian (Wedge Tail Eagle), he’s a Walgalu and Ngarigo totem. Everything is an interpretation of country. My country inspires my art, because I live on a song-line that runs into the Murrumbidjee.’ Hence, calling this exhibition Bidjee Dreaming.
The gallery came about as part of the Bundian Way project, an initiative of the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council. The Bundian Way is a shared history pathway connecting the coast to the high country. It’s an ancient Aboriginal walking path, and Delegate happens to be the only town that falls along the path. The gallery is a charming space, supported by the Delegate Progress Association, Eden Aboriginal Land Council, Bombala Council and South East Arts.
Another drawcard to the Bundian Way Gallery at the moment is the two impressive artworks that are on loan to Bombala Council from the Sydney Foreshore Committee. The large paintings by respected Northern Territory artists Gloria Tamerre Petyarre and Charlie Tjapangati will share the gallery space with some of the South East’s most well-known, and emerging, Aboriginal artists.