Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Karama - Collect together: Contemporary Indigenous Art & Design

Karama - Collect together: Contemporary Indigenous Art & Design is an exhibition of works by traditional and contemporary indigenous artists and designers from the Hunter Valley to the Mid North coast. It includes artists from the Awabakal, Worimi, Biripi, Wonarrua nations and beyond.

This exhibition, curated by students enrolled in Newcastle Art School’s Museum Practices Course, provides an opportunity for artists from different tribal backgrounds, who are working across a broad range of media to collect together and showcase the diversity of indigenous art & design across the region.

Karama, from an Awabakal word meaning ‘a collecting together’ combines an exciting and inspiring collection of diverse media and art styles by the many indigenous artists living and working in Awabakal country; the Hunter Valley and as far away as the Great Lakes.

The exhibition will showcase work by both established and emerging Indigenous artists. These include contemporary artist and Yarnteen CEO Saretta Fielding; artists from the Gangga Marrang group based at Taree area including Rex Winston, Joan McDonald and Nicole Duncan; Award winning Naidoc Artist of the Year (2008) Les Elvin; Recipient of the Cessnock City Council Arts Scholarship 2012 and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery intern Tara Standing; the works of Aaron Weights and Philip Sweeney from Cessnock Correctional Centre; and, emerging artist and student Grace Edwards.


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