Bundjalung artists branch out

This painting, Two Catfish Nesting, is by Noel Kenneth Caldwell (better known as Charlie) and is part of an exhibition Branching Out opening in Ballina.

Indigenous artists from the Jambama Art Shed in Casino are taking their art to the coast for a special exhibition at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina, aptly titled Branching Out.

As well as traditional canvas paintings, there are painted boomerangs, clap sticks, sculptures, pyrographic pieces and designer wall hangings. There are also sewn items including bags, place mats and cushion covers, all with original hand printed designs.

The Jambama Art Shed is a training centre run by Buyimbin Aboriginal Corporation for the Aboriginal community in Casino, teaching CDEP workers the skills of painting and sewing.

Noel (Charlie) Caldwell is one of the 15 Bundjalung artists included in the exhibition.

Painting is a big part of my life. Ive been painting since I was 15 and Ill never stop painting. Its great that now Im recognised across the region as a painter, said Charlie. I often paint bushtucker such asGwee-ahnj (possum), Njamahls (goanna) and Bingings (turtles) or ceremonies and everyday life such as hunting and fishing.

Branching Out opens at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina on Friday, February 1, and runs until February 24. Artworks are also on display at the Jambama Art Shed Gallery Space in Casino, which is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.


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