Kaiela-Dungala (Goulburn Murray)

KHT Suzanne Atkinson (Yorta Yorta), Inspiration, (2018)From textiles to cultural adornment to earthy vessels and skilled weaving reflecting the Kaiela-Dungala (Goulburn Murray) region of Victoria, this new exhibition at the Koorie Heritage Trust from 29 February 2020 showcases the work from emerging and established artists from Kaiela Arts Shepparton.

Developed in partnership with the Koorie Heritage Trust, Kaiela Arts develops robust art and craftsmanship through the exploration of country and responding to the ebb and flow of the Kaiela Dungala (Goulburn Murray) river system.

Through individual and installation works, Kaiela-Dungala will showcase the connection between artists from this region to country and their response to the ebb and flow of the river system. Focal points will include ceramic vessels, clay jewellery, weaved creations, paintings and textile design that transpose cultural imagery to screen-printed wearable items.

With a rich Indigenous heritage, the Kaiela Dungala region is home to many talented artists. Artists in this exhibition include: Suzanne Atkinson, Tammy-Lee Atkinson, Amy Briggs, Eric Brown, Dylan Charles, Cynthia Hardie, Eva Ponting, Norm Stewart, Brett Wilson plus other artists represented by Kaiela Arts will provide an inspirational body of work that brings mark making and creating to the forefront of cultural expression.

“Developing personal cultural designs and cross-harnessing these to produce a range of materials, from old to new have enabled artists from this region to expand their horizons in producing and selling their art,” says Tom Mosby, Koorie Heritage Trust CEO. “We acknowledge the strong connections and passions involved in all the work in this exhibition and are proud to partner with Kaiela Arts in showcasing the skills and stories represented through such innovation.”

Established in 2006, Kaiela Arts is an Aboriginal art centre located in Shepparton and represents over 80 Aboriginal artists in the Kaiela-Dungala region. At Kaiela Arts, artists are encouraged to tell their stories through art and as a means of building pathways to professional excellence and recognition, connecting with and sharing culture across two worlds and further enabling physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing of family and community.

Kaiela Dungala (Goulburn Murray)
Koorie Heritage Trust – Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne
Exhibition: 29 February – 19 April 2020
Free entry

For more information, visit: www.koorieheritagetrust.com.au for details.

Image: Suzanne Atkinson (Yorta Yorta), Inspiration, (2018) Raffia – collection of the artist