Noongar Country 2020
Your mark, your story: Always was, always will be.
Exhibition runs from 27 June – 23 August 2020
The theme for this year's National NAIDOC Week celebration of Indigenous culture Always was, always will be, recognizes that Australia’s First Nation people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65000 years. BRAG’s Noongar Country 2020 Exhibition, Your mark, your story: always was, always will be, celebrates the contribution of the Noongar people to Australian art and culture. The theme acknowledges the importance of the culture and stories of this unique group of people who occupy the South West of Western Australia. It is always through the sharing of stories that we connect with one another; it is through our stories that we learn to navigate uncertain times, understand and celebrate our past, our present and our future.
The Noongar Country Exhibition is an annual highlight in the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery calendar. The exhibition opening coincides with NAIDOC week and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse culture and achievement of all First Nation people. The exhibition showcases work from established and emerging indigenous artists living and working on Noongar country and it will include the work of children from the south west region. Noongar Country provides an opportunity for all members of the Noongar community, regardless of age or experience, to be part of an exciting art event. It is a true celebration of community.
The City of Bunbury offers a major prize of $7500 and two additional Highly Commended prizes of $1000 each. These prizes will be announced at the opening event. In addition, a $500 Viewers’ Choice prize will be awarded at the end of the exhibition.
The Noongar Country Exhibition is also an opportunity for artists to be included in the City of Bunbury Art Collection. This ensures that artists from the Noongar community are represented in the Collection for many years to come.
Video by Christopher Young.
Bunbury Regional Art Gallery acknowledges the Wardandi Noongar People as the Traditional Custodians of the land and pays respect to Elders past and present. Bunbury Regional Art Gallery is owned and managed by the City of Bunbury.