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New exhibition at Djaa Djuwima showcases art of First Nations men, brotherboys and youth

Media release

The First Nations gallery Djaa Djuwima is delighted to announce the opening of its third exhibition, Strength in stories: This is what we do, which celebrates the art of First Nations men, brotherboys and youth. 

Strength in Stories: This is what we do includes woodwork and wood burning, painting, body adornment and digital art. 

The exhibition showcases creative works from traditional to contemporary art.

Gallery curator and Bendigo Venues & Events Arts Officer, First Nations Janet Bromley said it was an important way to showcase this work to the whole community and to First Nations peoples locally.

“It’s a wonderful exhibition that captures the ‘male spirit in all its creative forms’,” Ms Bromley said.

“The City of Greater Bendigo is proud to contribute to a culture of preserving, celebrating and profiling First Nations’ creativity.” 

Djaa Djuwima officially opened last November as Bendigo’s first gallery dedicated to showcasing First Nations artists living in or connected to our community. 

A priority action in the Greater Creative Bendigo Strategy was to address the underrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives and their culture in Greater Bendigo. 

Djaa Djuwima means to ‘show, share Country’ in Dja Dja Wurrung language and this gallery is a safe place for First Nations artists to explore cultural expression, identity, heritage, and connection.

“Since opening last year, Djaa Djuwima located in the Bendigo Visitor Centre has been hugely successful and the feedback from the community has been simply wonderful.

“This gives First Nations communities access to many ways of showcasing their works and validates the importance of artworks to our community as well as to individuals. 

“It also represents Victorian First Nations art practice, particularly across the north of Victoria.

“Djaa Djuwima is not just an art gallery, it is a place for exploration and representation of First Nations art in Victoria, and a place to build community and inform visitors.”

Simon Briggs is the artist who made the beautiful shield which appears on the exhibition promotional material.

As well as three curated exhibitions presented each year, Djaa Djuwima also encourages new creative opportunities, new networks, and professional development and that’s an important step for First Nations creatives who are seeking to build their businesses.

The exhibition is open to the public every day from Friday September 29, 2023 to Monday January 22, 2024 (except Christmas Day). 

Greater Bendigo