Local Aboriginal artists exhibit for 2016 NAIDOC week

Cessnock City’s NAIDOC Week celebrations kick off today with the Songlines Print Project exhibition opening as part of the Iconic Prints from Crown Street Press Exhibition, held at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery.

Cessnock City’s NAIDOC Week celebrations kick off today with the Songlines Print Project exhibition opening as part of the Iconic Prints from Crown Street Press Exhibition, held at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery.

Local Aboriginal artists Saretta Fielding, Justin Ridgeway and Lesley Salem will be exhibiting their works alongside Master Printer James Whitington from Crown Street Press from Wednesday 8 June until Sunday 24 July 2016.  

In step with the 2016 NAIDOC Week theme Songlines –The living narrative of our nation a series of etchings and monotypes were produced during the collaborative project developed in partnership with Crown Street Press and Cessnock Regional Art Gallery.  

Officially held from 3 to 10 July 2016, NAIDOC Week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and provides a great opportunity to get involved in activities that recognise and celebrate our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.  

A full program of activities is scheduled for this year’s NAIDOC Week including a special function for the unveiling and dedication of the Les Elvin Education Room at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery.  

Uncle Les was not only recognised as a great artist but a valued role model to hundreds of school students across the region and this education room is dedicated to his contribution and encouragement of Aboriginal culture in the Cessnock City community.  

A full program of activities have been planned for NAIDOC Week and are available on Council’s website.

2016 NAIDOC Week is proudly supported by Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre, Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation, Catholic Care, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, Samaritans, Cessnock City Library and CYCOS.