Art exhibition to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2015

Published Tuesday, 30th June 2015

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery will be celebrating NAIDOC week with an art exhibition from locally-based arts collective, Guntawang Aboriginal Women's Group.

This exhibition celebrates the living culture of Fairfield's Indigenous residents. Works include hand-woven baskets, visual arts, quilts and textiles.  

The title of the exhibition reflects the theme for NAIDOC Week this year: "NAIDOC Week. We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate".

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July each year. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

The exhibition will be open from 2-14 July 2015, with the official opening held on Tuesday 7 July, 10am-noon, where the artists will speak about their works.

Cathie Banton from Guntawang Aboriginal Women's Group has been a volunteer teacher with Guntawang since its inception. She says NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate.

“NAIDOC week is very important to me," she said. "It is a time when we as Aboriginal people can show how proud we are of our achievements and that we are proud of our lores and culture.

"Having our products exhibited at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery makes me feel very proud of what we have made during the year. Our women are very talented and it makes them feel proud of themselves, being able to show that our culture is still alive and strong.”

For more information or to register for the official opening of the exhibition please contact Fairfield City Museum and Gallery on 9609 3993, or email museumgallery@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au

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