Healthy North Coast

Launch of Art on Bundjalung Country Project: Art Workshops in Ballina

Art on Bundjalung Country is an exciting exhibition and workshop project being delivered through North Coast Primary Health Network in partnership with Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation, Arts Northern Rivers, Lismore Regional Gallery and the University Centre for Rural Health. The project was initiated by Dr Marion Tait and Dr Andrew Binns, two enthusiastic health practitioners with a passion for improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people through art.

Goanna Headland by Adrian Cameron

Goanna Headland by Adrian Cameron

Dr Tait said the project provided a terrific opportunity for emerging Aboriginal artists to learn new skills in painting, ceramics, basket weaving and art installation.

“And of course, by engaging our Aboriginal community in creating art they get to have a feeling of pride in their work, connecting with culture and country, engaging in meaningful activity and gaining recognition from their peers.”

The Bundjalung Nation artists will have their work seen and available for sale in a much anticipated exhibition at the new Lismore Regional Gallery from 16 December this year.

A total of nine art workshops will be run across Bundjalung Country – which extends from Grafton to Tweed Heads, from Tabulam to Ballina and towns in between. From the workshops, artworks will be selected to be displayed at the exhibition at the end of the year.

On Friday June 30, media are invited to attend the second workshop run by facilitator Cherie Leon at the Ballina Surf Club. Like the other seven facilitators, Cherie, an artist from Cabbage Tree Island, will be teaching painting skills, and guiding participants to present their individual art styles.

NCPHN’s Senior Project Officer for Art on Bundjalung Country, Sarah Bolt, said that the workshops and exhibition would provide people with a powerful way to express their feelings.

“They will identify with their culture through their particular art styles and become better known for their artwork within their community and more broadly across Northern NSW.”

NCPHN’s Acting Chief Executive Michael Carter said he was delighted that the art facilitation workshops had begun.

“It’s great to see this worthy project commence. It has so many positive benefits and North Coast Primary Health Network is proud to be a partner in Art on Bundjalung Country.”

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