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Djaara Djandak comes to the Phee for NAIDOC 2018

Aboriginal artwork Wandering Clans by Kane Nelson is part of the Djaara Djandak Aboriginal Art Exhibition at the Phee Broadway Theatre foyer in July.

Join us for the opening of Djaara Djandak at the Phee on Saturday 30 June. The Aboriginal Art Exhibition will run from 1-15 July as part of NAIDOC this year.

Friday 22 June 2018

The foyer of Castlemaine’s Phee Broadway Theatre will come alive with an exhibition of Aboriginal art and artefacts for NAIDOC Week this year.

From 1 – 15 July, the Djaara Djandak Aboriginal Art Exhibition will feature artists from across Mount Alexander Shire including Uncle Rick Nelson, Kane Nelson, Daikota Nelson, Alvin Briggs and Wendy Oates. The exhibition will also highlight work being produced by inmates from Middleton and Tarrengower Prisons.

Artefacts from the Nelson family’s personal collection will be on exhibition to the public for the first time, thanks to the loan of a display cabinet from Castlemaine Art Museum.

Emerging artist and Djaara Djandak producer, Aunty Kerri Douglas said she is proud to be working with Mount Alexander Shire Council, the Regional Centre for Culture and Castlemaine Art Museum on this project.

“I am so excited to have an opportunity to bring these works together for the community to enjoy as a part of NAIDOC Week 2018. To have everyone’s support for my first group project is really exciting,” said Auntie Kerri.

The exhibition title Djaara Diandak translates to Our People, Our Country. The Djaara, or the Dja Dja Wurrung people are the traditional owners of Djandak (our country).

“As a community we are proud to celebrate NAIDOC in this way for the first time,” said Aunty Kerri.

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Cultural Development Officer Vicki Anderson is delighted the Phee Broadway Theatre is the chosen venue for the exhibition.

“We’re really pleased to have Aunty Kerri working in the Phee this year with a focus on people and country. This exhibition shows how community can come together to bring this great space to life,” said Vicki.

Djaara Djandak will launch on Saturday 30 June from 6-7pm. The opening night will include a Welcome to Country by Uncle Rick Nelson, guest speakers such as Racquel Kerr and catering by the Murnong Mummas. All welcome.

Djaara Djandak is a great way for the shire to celebrate the 2018 NAIDOC Week theme - Because of her, we can! NAIDOC Week will run nationally from Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July.

Photo: Wandering Clans by Kane Nelson will feature as part of the Djaara Djandak Aboriginal Art Exhibition at the Phee Broadway Theatre.

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