burraja gallery | 'Because of Her, We Can!' Group Exhibition & NAIDOC Special Event
Inspired by the 2018 NAIDOC week theme, burraja gallery proudly presents Because of Her, We Can!, a group exhibition featuring new work from 8 talented and local Aboriginal female artists. The exhibition will run from 12 July – 05 September. A special opening reception and NAIDOC week celebration featuring a smoking ceremony and dance performance on Thursday 12 July, 5:30 – 7pm at burraja gallery 44-46 Lincoln Causeway, Gateway Island, Wodonga.
NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. In response to this, burraja gallery and Murray Arts developed an Aboriginal Arts Development program to strengthen skills and create professional opportunities for local Aboriginal female artists.
Printmaking workshops, facilitated by artist Dr Treahna Hamm (Yorta Yorta), were held in April/May that invited local Aboriginal women to gather, share stories, develop skills and collaborate. Treahna and the participating artists, partook in an exchange of traditional women’s business covering the effects of cultural background and history, as well as their health and wellbeing as Aboriginal women. With thanks to funding from Create NSW, burraja gallery and Murray Arts were able to deliver this fabulous program. The artworks produced in the workshops have been curated into the Because of Her, We Can! exhibition, which generously shares the stories and the unique perspective of our local Aboriginal women. Eight workshop participants will be featured in the show: Tammy Campbell, Trish Cerminara, Maggih Coates, Marg Murray, Tammy Murray, Jenny Nelson, Marlene Plunkett and Bethany Thornber.
“The workshops were really a way for burraja gallery to facilitate and foster deeper connections between these female artists and to introduce a new medium to explore their creative practice. The atmosphere of learning, teaching and deep listening was inspiring to all of the participants, and you can see that in the work they’ve created for the exhibition” burraja gallery curator, Bethany Thornber.
Since the re-launch earlier this year, burraja gallery has firmly cemented itself as the centre for Aboriginal arts in the NE VIC/ Border region. We provide consistent and tangible support to local Aboriginal artists at each stage of their artistic journey, and proudly facilitate partnerships between artists and organisations. Through our deeply engaging, culturally poignant public program, burraja gallery gives voice to our local Aboriginal artists sharing knowledge and stories, and tackles the gap between Aboriginal community and the wider community, forging new connections through art.
For more information visit the burraja gallery Facebook page or call Murray Arts on (02) 6021 5034.