Celebrating NAIDOC Week – at the Art Gallery and Museum

Cr Matt Burnett, Mayor Gladstone Regional Council will be launching our NAIDOC exhibition: ‘NAIDOC 2018: Arts and Heritage from our Collection’, 6 pm, Monday 9 July 2018.

Join us for the official launch celebrating our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Traditional Torres Strait Island dance, performed by local dancers, and Aunty Neola Savage – Gooreng Gooreng Elder will do the Welcome to Country, on the launch evening.

NAIDOC 2018: Arts and Heritage from our Collection

This exhibition features the works from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists held in the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum collection, as well as a selection of images from our Heritage collection; works and stories we hold in trust.

Artworks by local Aboriginal artists include: Jarrod Beezley (Kabi Kabi), Patricia Coleman (Bailai [Byellee]), Allen Craigie (Wangkamanal Kaantju), James Hurley (Gooreng Gooreng), Ron Hurley (Gooreng Gooreng), Coral Southee (Birrigubba) and Belynda (Bindi) Waugh (Jiman, Bundjalung).

Also on display are works by young people in the community who have been attending headspace Gladstone and Roseberry Qld’s NAIDOC Art Workshop, led by local Aboriginal artist Patricia Coleman (Bailai). Each painting has been created using totems and their meaning to Aboriginal people as a focal point. The workshop was created to introduce the students to Aboriginal art and culture and to promote and celebrate NAIDOC in the Gladstone community.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Because of her, we can!. NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

We hope to see you at this wonderful celebration.  Please RSVP by Wednesday 4 July 2018 by calling 4976 6766 or email gragm@gladstone.qld.gov.au.