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The Region

The artwork  is by Elwyn Toby. It depicts the mountain “Barralbarayi” (also known as Mt Sugarloaf or Anderson’s Sugarloaf). Elwyn’s painting is in the gallery’s permanent collection.

Kempsey is situated 428 kms north of Sydney and 538 kms south of Brisbane. The Macleay Valley is referred to as “Nature’s Wonderland”; with pristine unspoiled beaches, the meandering Macleay River, sprawling bushlands and the surrounding mountain ranges. The Aboriginal people have inhabited the area for thousands of years, maintaining a deep spiritual connection to the land – from the mountains to the sea. With such a rich history as stimulation, the variety of storytelling and art-making techniques has produced unique and imaginative art works.

Works for the gallery are sourced from as far north as the Gumbaynggirr lands (Grafton), from the Woromi lands (Karuah) in the south and west to Armidale.

Aboriginal Artists are invited to contact us if they would like their works displayed in our vibrant, professional Gallery.