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Burnt Bridge Exhibition – Travelling

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The Burnt Bridge Exhibition featuring works by Mabel Ritchie, Clem Ritchie and Johnny Knox will be showing at the Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place from 30th January through to 22nd March.

It will then travel onto Yarrawarra Aboriginal Art Gallery from 27 March through to 25 May.

Burnt Bridge Exhibition is a Delineate project, an initiative of Accessible Arts in partnership with the Don’tDISMyAbility Campaign sponsored by NSW Government, Department of Family & Community Services.


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Saltwater Freshwater Festival Kempsey 2014

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Event Name: Saltwater Freshwater Festival 2014

Date: 26 January 2014

Time: 10:00AM-4:30PM

Location: Kempsey Showground, Sea Street, Kempsey NSW

Cost: FREE



Contact person: Sarah O’Dea

Phone: 02 6658 1315

Contact email:


Celebrate Australia’s heart & soul on Australia Day. Saltwater Freshwater Festival is a celebration of Aboriginal culture on the Mid North Coast. Our region, where the saltwater and freshwater meet, is rich in Aboriginal music, art, dance and food.

The FREE Festival features live music, including country music legend TROY CASSAR-DALEY, children’s area, dance, hands on cultural workshops, discussion forums and an array of art, craft and food stalls in an inclusive and family focused environment.  The 2014 Festival will be held at Kempsey Showground, 26 January, 10:00AM-4:30PM.

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New Product

The Gallery would like to announce that it has now taken possession of new display condoles from Artisan.  This has enabled all our products to be displayed on high quality stands.  We have also received new products which include a small selection of Aboriginal Children’s Books, Euraba paper products, Modernmurri Cards, Tea Towels and Pencil cases, Gaawaa Miyay printed linen tea towels & digitally printed scarves.

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Wurruyi Dhilang (Many Bushes)

In recognition and celebration of International People with Disabilities Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery would like to present to the people of the Macleay WURRUYI DHILANG (Many Bushes) by Mabel Ritchie.

Mabel is a Dunghutti woman who was born in Newcastle in 1974.

Mabel’s family moved back to her father’s home land, Burnt Bridge when she was very young where she grew up with her brothers and sisters on the Burnt Bridge Mission. Mabel loved to watch her Aunties and Uncle’s painting stories about life experiences and culture as a young girl.   Mabel also enjoyed doing art at school.

Mabel has been part of Living Skills for many years and was introduced to art classes in 2009.  Since then she has been painting her own stories sharing memories of growing up on the Mission at Burnt Bridge.

Mabel has fond memories of the local flora of the area which has formed the basis of this Exhibition.  Some of the works relate to bush tucker and others are purely from pleasurable memories shared with her Mother and Grandmother.

Mabel is developing her own unique style using bold harmonious and contrasting colours developing background layers which she then applies floral representations onto as if they were growing insitu in natural surrounds.  She has an uninhibited freedom of brushstroke which creates an organic natural appearance.

Wurruyi Dhilang (Many Bushes) is a Delineate project, an initiative of Accessible Arts in partnership with the Don’tDISMyAbility Campaign sponsored by NSW Government, Department of Family & Community Services.

Invitation Mabel Ritchie

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Flora & Fauna Exhibition

DNAAG has teamed up with Sea Acres Rainforest Centre in Port Macquarie to bring to you a selection of Aboriginal Artworks from the Mid North Coast. This area ranges from Worimi (Karuah) in the South to Gumbaynggirr (Grafton) in the north.  This area covers saltwater to freshwater habitat and hinterland.

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‘Fishing Yarns’

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‘Fishing Yarns’, new works by Elwyn Toby

Exhibition opening Saturday 10 August at 11am. 

Be sure to drop into Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery next to the Visitor Information Centre to view Elwyn’s new works.

Elwyn is a descendant of the Thunghutti tribe of Bellbrook.  He has lived on the mission all his life.  Elwyn’s passion for art art has been with him since a child from having watched his uncles’ paint.  He have been developing his works more seriously over the past 5 years out of a desire to share his  history and culture of the land with his people.

As a child Elwyn’s  father and uncles taught me the art of survival through fishing. ‘ I have many fond memories of spending days by the Macleay River and Nulla Nulla Creek.  We would head down to the river in the morning, catch fish, cook them on the fire and not return home until dark.   It is now my time to share these skills with my family not only in showing them how to fish but by recording this into artworks. To me it is all interconnected the looking after the land, the land rewards us by providing fish and bush tucker.’

This Exhibition has been made possible through funding from Australian Government Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.

Exhibition runs until 10 August to 8 September.  The Gallery is open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm.

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Dhanggu buwaratikal, Wupurakayi

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Aunty Esther Quinlin has been sharing her history and culture by applying paint to canvas since 1994. Esther is self taught and inspired by her late husband who always encouraged her. Delicate and thoughtful application of paint results in iconic Aboriginal flora and fauna.

Aunty Esther has a very unique individual style and has won many awards. Her works are held in public, private and international collections.

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No Names, Just Numbers

This is the final week of this exhibition.  Be sure to make it out to the Gallery to view this unique Exhibition of local history.   It the first time such an exhibition has been curated on the Kinchela Boys Home.

Exhibition closes Saturday 1 June  at 4pm

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International Women’s Day Exhibition

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International Indigenous Women’s Day Exhibition will be held at Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery from Thursday 7– 24 March 2013.This is an annual celebration where women can be recognised for the vital role they play in families, communities and countries throughout the world.

The Gallery will have on display works by prominent local Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Esther Quinlin together with works by Cheryl Robinson, Alison Williams, Gina Varagnolo, Nyree Reynolds, Patricia McInherny, Mabel Ritchie, Sarah Button to name a few. Intricate prints on paper by Alison Buchanan will certainly delight the viewer.

All welcome, please drop by and bring your friends to this wonderful display of Aboriginal art and culture right here in the Macleay Valley.

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Lloyd Hornsby

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Aboriginal Art As you have never seen it before

Aboriginal artist Lloyd Hornsby Gawura will exhibit works from his ‘Coming Home Exhibition’ for the first time in the Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery Kempsey,  and it promises to show us Aboriginal art, as we have never seen it before.

Through the use of vivacious colour and a vision to be uniquely expressive, Lloyd brings his large canvases to luminous, dazzling life.  While the familiar dot that depicts Aboriginal Art is present, this work is far removed from the conventional Indigenous style and challenges the viewer to re-think pre-conceived notions.

Although Lloyd has felt the creative urge since he was a teenager, it is only now in his mature years that he has had the chance to explore and express his talent, and already interest in his bold and visionary paintings is coming from corporate and private sectors both here and overseas.

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30 x 30 Exhibition

Artists included in this exhibition are Alison Williams, Anthony Flanders, Anthony Lawrence, Cheryl Robinson, Colin Wightman, Elwyn Toby, Frank McLeod, Jennifer Ellis, John Knox, Lindsay Anderson, Nudge Blacklock, Nyree Reynolds and Rex Winston

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Burnt Bridge Exhibition

Dads Stories of the Dreamtime

Be sure not to miss the latest exhibition coming up at Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery.

This exhibition showcases the works of 3 aboriginal artists who were raised on the Mission at Burnt Bridge.

Three local Aboriginal Artists, Mabel Ritchie, Clem Ritchie and Johnny Knox share their memories and storytelling through colourful, often spontaneous and intricate mark making. The stories depicted relate back to their childhood memories of growing up on Burnt Bridge Mission. Titles such as Fishing with Nan, Gravelly Dog, Dad’s Stories from the Dreamtime are to be cherished and would be a unique piece of history to adorn any wall.

Please come along and join us on Thursday 16 August at 11am for the official opening.

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Dreamtime Art Exhibiton

The Gallery has an exhibition of works at the Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery,  5 Kinchela Street, Gladstone.

The Exhibition opens Thursday 5th July at 6pm and will run until 4.00pm sunday 8th July.

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Nudge Blacklock Exhibition

3rd July – 12 August


Nudge was born in 1958 at Guyra and belongs to the Biripi/Ngarabal language group.  He is a passionate artist and is presently residing in the Dorrigo Region  He has participated in both individual and group exhibitions both in Australia and internationally.   This year alone he has exhibited at the Sydney Opera House at the launch of Jabibi Silk and has been selected as a finalist in the 29th Telstra Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Art Award to be opened in Darwin on Friday 10th August 2012.

Nudge has just delivered a new body of work to the Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery for his exhibition which will run from 3rd July to 12 August.  Nudge has been developing his skills in the printing medium and has recently completed a series of prints which are available for sale either framed or unframed.  It is from this print series that he has been selected as a finalist in the Telstra Art Award.

Nudge is also known for his ‘River’ Series and painting from ‘My Grandmothers Country’.