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Local Aboriginal Artworks showcased at North East Water

 30 June 2017

Local Aboriginal Art will be on display at North East Water’s regional headquarters in Wodonga during NAIDOC Week 2017.

The water corporation has partnered with Murray Arts and burraja gallery, to show the work of ten Aboriginal artists from across the North East and Border footprint.

North East Water Managing Director, Craig Heiner, said the Aboriginal Art Exhibition is a celebration of NAIDOC Week.

“This is an important week to celebrate our local Aboriginal communities and culture”, Mr Heiner said.

“The theme of the exhibition is ‘Water' and the collection will showcase new work from the region’s outstanding Aboriginal artists.”

“We’re hoping that the community will take this unique opportunity to view the collection during NAIDOC week.”

“The North East Water Corporation will select a piece, which will then be put on permanent display at our regional headquarters in Wodonga.”

Murray Arts Aboriginal Arts Officer, Maggih Coates, said the theme of ‘water’ links with our dreaming story of the Murray River and how the Rainbow Serpent made the river, the movement and created the flow of the river.”

“The Murray River is part of our Ancestral Creation and even though we all come from different mobs throughout Australia and the world, we all connect with rivers and the lifeblood that is water”, said Ms Coates.

Murray Arts Executive Director, Alyce Fisher, said “as the local Regional Arts Development Organisation, we are always seeking to partner with local businesses, to link them up with talented local artists who are living, working and connecting with communities in this area.”

“This partnership is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the stunning work produced by the artists involved with our burraja gallery and Aboriginal Artists Network”, Ms Fisher said.

“We are expecting to showcase work from a variety of mediums, including acrylic on canvas, works on paper and wood carving.”

Community members are encouraged to view the artwork at North East Water’s regional headquarters on Thomas Mitchell Drive in Wodonga between 9am and 4pm, 3-7 July 2017.