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First Nations artwork gallery finds everlasting residence in Bendigo Customer Centre

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First Nations artwork gallery finds everlasting residence in Bendigo Customer Centre

A brand new First Nations gallery referred to as Djaa Djuwima will likely be established contained in the Bendigo Customer Centre.

The gallery will host three curated exhibitions every year and follows the blockbuster Piinpi indigenous trend exhibition run by the Bendigo Artwork Gallery in 2020.

Aunty Lyn Warren is a part of the Wartaka, a artistic advisory group established to assist develop Djaa Djuwima.

She mentioned the exhibit house’s title meant to point out and share nation in Djaara.

First Nations artwork gallery finds everlasting residence in Bendigo Customer Centre
Aunty Lyn Warren is welcoming the First Nations gallery.(ABC Central Victoria: Shannon Schubert)

“I am fairly proud to be concerned on this,” she mentioned.

“With the Dja Dja Wurrung historical past and the story of the tradition and the land that we’re on … I feel it goes collectively rather well.

“That is incredible. It is so central and will probably be so good for our folks.” 

Showcasing nation and tradition

The gallery will open on November 24, with the primary exhibit to be curated across the theme of Gutangarr Dja Dja Wurrung Djayi, which suggests, “You’re on [or in] Dja Dja Wurrung Nation”.

First Nations arts officer Janet Bromley will curate the exhibition.

She mentioned Djaa Djuwima had been 10 years within the making. 

“Once I first got here to Bendigo I used to be going, ‘The place is it?'” she mentioned. 

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There will likely be a cleaning of the constructing earlier than it’s reworked into the First Nations artwork house.(ABC Central Victoria: Shannon Schubert)

“That is what folks have been doing for 60,000 years … it is embedded in our DNA, this [art] is our means of speaking.” 

She mentioned native First Nations artists beforehand solely had a devoted exhibition house yearly in Bendigo.

“I have been working the Knuldoorong artwork exhibition in Dudley Home each NAIDOC week,” she mentioned. 

“We have gone from 15 devoted artists to 30 or extra and I am discovering an increasing number of on a regular basis.” 

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Yorta Yorta lady Janet Bromley made the emu print in Djaa Djuwima’s emblem.(ABC Central Victoria: Shannon Schubert)

Ms Bromley is eager to see the artist group develop at Djaa Djuwima.  

“We now have numerous younger folks, in our final exhibition we had two highschool college students,” she mentioned. 

“For First Nations folks to have the ability to see their friends out right here in the neighborhood, on this house, I feel that will likely be an necessary factor.”

Djaa Djuwima is anticipated to showcase portray, weaving, making, woodwork and artefacts.

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The Bendigo Customer Centre’s Submit Workplace Gallery will likely be reworked into Djaa Djuwima, Bendigo’s First Nations Gallery.(ABC Central Victoria: Shannon Schubert)

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