Robert Langton enjoys the International Cultural Exchange project Creating on Country.
Robert Langton enjoys the International Cultural Exchange project Creating on Country. Submitted

Country an art inspiration

SURROUNDED by the peace of the Gooreng Gooreng property at Thornhill, artists will have plenty of inspiration for an exhibition called Creating on Country.

Gidarjil Development Corporation director Kerry Blackman is hosting an international cultural exchange project this week, which will culminate in the exhibition.

“The project has brought together 10 artists from each of the cultural groups of the Maori people of New Zealand and the Aboriginal people of the Central Queensland region,” she said.

“The artists have gathered at Thornhill, where rangers are actively involved in caring for country, to share skills and stories across the cultural divide and to create work for a travelling exhibition.”

The artists are working with stone, bone, jade, clay, wood and acrylic paint during their stay and their works will be offered for sale through the exhibition, along with those of the regional Aboriginal artists.

Organiser Nadine Jones said the project would lift the profile of regional Aboriginal art and establish lasting cultural ties with Maori artists.

The group will open its four-day exhibition on November 30 at 5.30pm in the Gidarjil offices at Walker Street.

The exhibition can also be viewed at the Childers Gallery between December 13 and January 23.



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