Burraja gallery gives local Aboriginal youth a voice in a new exhibition
Burraja gallery is enthused to present “kangwano”, an exhibition celebrating the creative practises of Aboriginal art students from the North East/ Border region. kangwano opens Thursday 15 November, 5:30pm and is the last burraja gallery exhibition for the year.
Working alongside several schools in the region, burraja gallery Curator Bethany Thornber has dedicated the exhibition space to provide greater opportunities for local Aboriginal youth to be supported and have a sense of belonging in the region – creating necessary pathways to share ideas, stories, knowledge and culture.
“I’ve always wanted to use the space to support our young Aboriginal community, in particular secondary school students.
As a young Wiradjuri woman and emerging artist, in high school I was always searching for ways to connect my Aboriginal heritage with my creative practise and to form greater connections with our local Aboriginal community.
This is what drove me to develop “kangwano” and to create this opportunity for young local Aboriginal artists.” said Bethany Thornber.
The works on display engage audiences with the thoughts, feelings and identities of local Aboriginal youth – giving their work professional recognition outside of the classroom. The school students live and learn in Lavington, Albury, Wodonga and Beechworth.
kangwano translates to "young: a state or time of being young" in Dhudhuroa.
OPENING: 5:30PM, Thursday 15 November
EXHIBITION: Monday 12 November to Monday 17 December
WHERE: burraja gallery, 44-46 Lincoln Causeway, Gateway Village, Wodonga
CURATED BY: Bethany Thornber