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Call out for indigenous artists with connection to Bundjalung country

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The large-scale art market taking place at The Quad in Lismore on June 1 will celebrate the creative cultural heritage of the Bundjalung region.

‘Weaving women’. Photograph by Kate Holme.

Stall bookings are open until the 20th of May and welcome a mix of established and emerging artists and collectives employing traditional and contemporary materials including weaving, ceramics, carving, photography, painting and textiles.

‘This is a unique opportunity for artists with a connection to Bundjalung country to showcase and sell their work to the broader community in a special and unique event for our region,’ said Arts Northern Rivers’ Executive Director, Peter Wood.

Sarah Bolt, Senior Project Officer for Arts Northern Rivers, said the market provided a space for
people to share stories and experience the interconnected relationship between Aboriginal culture and
art.

‘It will be a place where visitors can meet the artists, talk to them, and explore the rich Bundjalung art traditions that are imbued with the language, history, culture and ethos of the oldest living culture in the world,’ Ms Bolt said.

The Market is the outcome of a region-wide Indigenous arts project ‘Art on Bundjalung Country’, for which Arts Northern Rivers successfully secured funding from the Department for Communications and the Arts’ Indigenous Languages and Arts Program.

A feature of the project is bringing Aboriginal people together to connect socially, foster participation and cultural exchange, and to build the capacity, health and wellbeing of emerging Aboriginal artists through various art forms.

The project is also financially supported by The North Coast Primary Health Network and is delivered in partnership with
Lismore Regional Gallery to culminate the project with the Bundjalung Art Market.

Art On Bundjalung Market is a free event that will begin with a Welcome to Country, dancing from the Nini Nahri-Gali Dance Troupe and include local music and weaving circles.

For more information or to book a stall, visit www.artonbundjalungcountry.com.


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