Surviving and Thriving is a new exhibition at the First Nations Gallery Djaa Djuwima featuring a stunning display of artworks and artefacts for sale.
Around 25 First Nations artists earning, living, or learning, or with a close connection to Dja Dja Wurrung Country, have contributed to this extraordinary exhibition with beautiful paintings, weaving, creative making, woodwork, and digital works.
Exhibition curator and Arts Officer First Nations Janet Bromley said the free exhibition enriched our cultural experiences to create a better understanding, recognition, and respect for the living culture of First Nations.
"I am very excited to announce the exhibition Surviving and Thriving with around 25 creatives and makers showcasing incredible works,” Ms Bromley said.
"Djaa Djuwima provides a prominent platform to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, customs and stories not seen anywhere else, with each creative bringing their own unique style using traditional and contemporary methods.
"There will be plenty of colour and movement, and all the artists explain the inspiration behind the range of beautiful works on display in the exhibition including weaving, artworks, and woodwork.
"The creatives are aged between 14 and 70, with the youngest person exhibiting with her grandmother which is very special.
"All of the Surviving and Thriving exhibits are for sale, so this is a great opportunity to buy directly from First Nations artists without the involvement of a third party.
"By doing so, you can buy with confidence knowing you are supporting creatives and their businesses directly so they can earn a living, which is so important for them to develop their respective creative avenues.
"Contact details for artists are on display at the exhibition and they all accept individual commissions too."
A priority action in the Greater CREATIVE Bendigo Strategy was to address the underrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and their culture in Greater Bendigo.
Since its opening, Djaa Djuwima has been celebrating and highlighting First Nations culture, art, and storytelling to reinforce the significant contributions First Nations People can bring to the broader community.
All are welcome to the official exhibition opening on Thursday February 8 at 5pm.
Djaa Djuwima is located at the Bendigo Visitor Centre, 51-67 Pall Mall. Surviving and Thriving is open every day from Friday February 9 to Friday April 26.
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.