Art set to celebrate spirit

Aboriginal Art Directory | 06.05.10

A Bundaberg artist’s recent exhibition has led her to launch a state-wide Aboriginal art festival and competition in her home town.

Nicole Wone said she was inspired to hold the inaugural Yoorellgoo Bundaberg Aboriginal Art Festival, featuring an art competition as well as an exhibition, after receiving a lot of positive comments from a joint exhibition she participated in.

“A lot of people said to me at my exhibition that they wished they could do something like that,” Ms Wone said.

“Yoorellgoo means spirit in Gooreng Gooreng language, from my tribe local to this area. I would like this exhibition to invoke the spiritual culture within my people. Connection to culture empowers us.”

The competition will feature five categories, including one for students and youth.

“Most of the categories are painting because most artists in these areas are painters, and the main award we have left open for any medium,” she said.


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