Tuesday, 3 July 2018
The annual exhibition Noongar Country will open to the public at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) Friday 6 July from 6pm.
This year more than 40 artists have responded to the theme Two Worlds and the resulting exhibition includes artworks by artists at all stages of their career, from first time exhibitors through to high profile artists who can all relate to this year’s theme.
“This year’s theme for Noongar Country provides artists with opportunities to express something of what it is like to be an Aboriginal artist in a predominantly white world,” BRAG Gallery Director Julian Bowron said.
“Or alternatively artists could explore and contrast living in this region in traditional pre-European times with living here now.”
Noongar Country has been a major event on the BRAG calendar for many years and is an opportunity to catch up with what Aboriginal artists are focussing on and making in 2018. The opening takes place just as NAIDOC week begins and is a celebration of the richness of Aboriginal culture in the South West.
The 2018 exhibition will be opened by Bardi man and freelance curator and story teller Ron Bradfield Jnr. Cash prizes will be awarded for best overall, highly commended and youth and this year there will be a new award for the best work by an artist painting in the Carollup tradition.
The opening will also feature the playing of a new lullaby in Noongar language made as part of The Lullabies Project workshops that have been taking place at Australind and Roelands thanks to CAN and the Noongar Boodjar Aboriginal Language Centre.
On Sunday 8 July 10 am to 2pm at BRAG there will be damper and kangaroo dishes to taste and two Noongar Country exhibiting artists will give a floor talk about their work and how they have responded to this year’s theme of Two Worlds.
All are welcome to attend.
Exhibition runs from 7 July to 26 August 2018
BRAG is open seven days a week and entry is free