The village of Delegate will host a new exhibition featuring some exciting Aboriginal artists from the Far South Coast of NSW. The new exhibition, Gulaga to Balawan, features nine artists who work with a range of different mediums from ceramics to woodwork. These artists live between the two mountains of Gulaga (Mt Dromedary) and Balawan (Mt Imlay) that have strong significance for the local Aboriginal communities.
Eden resident Kaye Russell features in the Gulaga to Balawan exhibition. Kaye, a painter and ceramic artist, said “My inspiration for art came to me whilst I was studying my culture. My desire as an Aboriginal person was to capture the diversity of colour in everything that was natural to my people, whether it be from land or sea”.
The Bundian Way Aboriginal Art Gallery, located in the historic old bank building in Delegate, has housed three exhibitions since it was officially launched in December 2012. The gallery was initially established as part of a much larger project.
The Bundian Way is a shared history pathway between Targangal (Kosciuszko) and Bilgalera (Fisheries Beach) that connects the highest part of the Australian continent and the coast. On its way to the coast the Bundian Way crosses the Snowy River and passes through some of the wildest, most rugged and yet beautiful country in Australia. It is the first Aboriginal pathway to be listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.
Delegate is the only town located along the Bundian Way. The gallery itself occupies three rooms: the Bundian Way Gallery, The Vault and the Bundian Way Room where a series of photographs from along the route describe the variety of landscapes to be found.
The Bundian Way Gallery is an Aboriginal and Community Arts Centre managed by The Delegate Progress Association Inc. and the Bundian Way, a project of Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council.
The exhibition opened to visitors on December 2, while the official launch will is on Saturday, December 14, at 2.30pm. Come and enjoy some light refreshments while admiring the paintings, didgeridoos and ceramic and timber sculptures on display.
The Bundian Way Gallery is open Mon, Wed, Thurs Fri and Sat, 10-4pm, and is located at the Rural Transaction Centre, Delegate. (phone) 02 6458 8388. For more information: Jasmin Williams, South East Arts, Bega NSW, phone 0497 281 464 or email email@example.com