Art on Bundjalung Market
Arts Northern Rivers celebrated the conclusion of a region-wide Indigenous arts project, Art on Bundjalung Country, with an Aboriginal art market honouring the creative and cultural heritage of the Bundjalung region. Art on Bundjalung Market was held at The Quad in Lismore on Saturday the 1st of June between 10am and 4pm. The free family event was a unique opportunity to purchase authentic Indigenous artwork and to meet the makers. Visitors engaged with a combination of established and emerging artists and collectives employing traditional and contemporary materials.
Kylie Caldwell, an exhibiting Bundjalung artist described the market as:
“a rare opportunity to showcase the amazing work of Aboriginal artists in our region. The event was one of the largest gatherings of Aboriginal artists on Bundjalung country and I congratulate Arts Northern Rivers for establishing the inaugural Art on Bundjalung Market. We hope to see many more in the future!”
Sarah Bolt, Arts Northern Rivers’ Project Coordinator for the Art on Bundjalung Country project explained “this market was the culmination of a 12-month project that has been supported by the North Coast Primary Health Network and the Federal Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program. The project included a workshop series delivered by Aboriginal artists for Aboriginal communities across the region and sought to improve health outcomes through arts programs designed to promote and share culture”. Sarah went on to say “the market had two aims – to highlight the diverse culture and work of Aboriginal people and to create an opportunity for artists to sell their work to a broad market.”
We are working toward hosting another Art on Bundjalung Market.
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