Now is a good time to be an art lover in Canberra. Exhibitions galore!
Here’s another from the constantly updating BCS gallery:
An exhibition of paintings by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Ginar Maliyan Mob, and Barnardos in celebration of NAIDOC Week
Exhibition runs July 9th –26th with and official opening by Mary Porter MLA Wednesday July 10th 6pm featuring traditional dances by some of the artists
gallery@bcs Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court Belconnen
Open 9:00am-4:30pm Monday –Friday including 6:00pm -8:00 pm on official opening date
Ginar Maliyan Mob is about bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids, their parents, and families together to learn about culture and values of respect and making them feel proud and strong about their culture. Ginar Maliyan Mob teaches Art, Dance, Music, leadership, Respect, caring for community, confidence and self-pride. Kids will be performing at different events around Canberra and N.S.W over NIADOC week and throughout the year. The aim of Ginar Maliyan Mob is about getting back to culture and developing a strong foundation of Community support, rather than running on Government support.
Throughout the program the young artists have painted stories about the wedge tail eagle also known as Maliyan. Maliyan is one of the biggest predator birds in Australia and is also the group’s signature dance when performing around Canberra and the region. ‘Ginar’ means strong, representing the strength of our community coming together to make a difference, close the gap, and educate families about their culture. This exhibition will also include artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from Barnardos. All paintings are for sale to help raise funds to get resources for the program in the future.