Aboriginal Artists Network
Murray Arts has been working in partnership with local Aboriginal artists since 2011 to provide a sustainable approach to Aboriginal Arts Development, proudly supporting Aboriginal artists on their journey. Priorities have included the development of an art therapy program, employment of a dedicated Aboriginal Arts Officer, an Annual Exhibition, Aboriginal Artists Enterprise and shop, Our Stories Our Voices publication, NAIDOC preschool program, professional development workshops, Burraja Arts Stencil Project and Design Commission and participation in the Black Arts Market in Sydney.
"Art keeps our culture alive. Our artists come from different Nations and I am grateful to have been able to listen to their stories and share in their work and creativity."
Maggih Coates, Ganai / Dhudhuroa Nations
Murray Arts Aboriginal Arts Development Officer Read more
Image Left-right; Kieren, Maggih Coates,Sonny Morgan,Yaraan Blundle and Kenau at Our Stories Our Voices 2016 exhibition opening in partnership with Arts Space Wodonga.
Image credit: Murray Arts
We're calling out to anyone in the community who may have artworks by Eddie "kookaburra" Kneebone, for a Retrospective / Bones of Contention exhibition being planned for 2017. Please contact Murray Arts: (02) 6021 5034 or Arts Space Wodonga: (02) 6022 9600.
Journey of New Growth
The Journey of New Growth is an art therapy program for Aboriginal people suffering mental health issues. The group is made up of members who have been referred by Albury Wodonga Health –
Community Mental Health and Gateway Health. Working with mental health workers and Murray Arts' Aboriginal Arts Officer, the group uses art to explore the relationship between the isolated individual and a supportive community to connect with their cultural identity through art. Murray Arts was successful in securing a small grant from the Department of Human Services which employed artist Ken Raff as a qualified Art Therapist to work with the group.
Burraja Arts – Aboriginal Artists Enterprise
Murray Arts has been working in partnership with Burraja Indigenous Cultural Centre
to establish 'Burraja Arts' – an Aboriginal Artists Enterprise and shop for the sale of local Aboriginal Artworks. The shop will be located at the front of the Murray Arts office, Gateway Island Lincoln Causeway Wodonga, and has been fitted out with support from Bunnings, the Koori Prisoner Program at Beechworth Prison and Yackandandah Primary School. We received a Border Trust Community Grant to assist with the marketing and promotion of Burraja Arts. The anticipated opening of the shopfront will be in 2016.
Our Stories Our Voices
Murray Arts was successful in securing $15,000 in funding from the NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund for the project Our Stories Our Voices. The project engaged Aboriginal author Dr Anita Heiss to collect and tell the stories of local Aboriginal Artists. These stories will be collated into a full-colour, perfect bound publication to be released in 2016.
Making Money Business
Murray Arts partnered with Regional Arts NSW to bring Creative Industry specialist David Sharpe to the region to work with Aboriginal Artists. The program covered basic business compliance, retail impact and ongoing operations.
NAIDOC preschool program
Murray Arts received a grant from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to develop a series of workshops for preschool children as part of NAIDOC week. The program employed local artists to work with seven local preschools and kindergartens to bring an authentic, local Aboriginal cultural experience to the youngest people in our region.
Sharing our Stories | We are One at Arts Space Wodonga was the 5th annual Aboriginal Artists Network exhibition and featured 14 Aboriginal Artists living within the Murray Arts region. READ MORE
Image credit: Jules Boag 'The Journey Forward' annual Exhibition, 2012
Image credit below: Gemma Martin, Sharing our Stories | We are One annual Exhibition 2014