Indigenous artists get their own show in Corowa

Dancer Benji Davidson, elder Nancy Rooke, storyteller Walter Melrose and didgeridoo player Darren Wighton at the launch of Unity yesterday. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Dancer Benji Davidson, elder Nancy Rooke, storyteller Walter Melrose and didgeridoo player Darren Wighton at the launch of Unity yesterday. Picture: TARA GOONAN

ABORIGINAL artists are sharing their culture through an exhibition now open in Corowa.

The Unity exhibition at Corowa Artspace was organised by Corowa Council, Murray Arts and the Aboriginal Arts Network to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Corowa community and cultural development officer Wendy Thompson said: “We really want people to share their different cultures.”

Ms Thompson said one of the aims was to have the artists show their work to young people.

That happened yesterday with a visit by children from Corowa’s Goodstart Early Learning Centre.

Another workshop will be held next Thursday morning.

Artist Marlene Plunkett will focus on storytelling linked to art.

“She will explain how Aboriginal people use the dot form and storytelling in their pictures,” Ms Thompson said.

“She will be showing other people how to do that — they’ll be invited to tell a story about themselves through art.”

Unity looks to celebrate the diverse and unique range of Aboriginal artists, backgrounds and artforms in the Border and North East.

It features an array of traditional and contemporary art works, artefacts and jewellery, with most for sale.

The exhibition was launched with a welcome to country by Wiradjuri elders Nancy Rooke and Darren Wighton, followed by traditional dancing by the Yarrabah Dance group and storytelling by Walter Melrose.

The network is a partnership between Murray Arts and Aboriginal artists.

The exhibition continues until July 22 and is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, from 10am to 3pm each Saturday and 10am to 1pm on Sundays.

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