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Congratulations Lewis John Knox

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Our congratulations go to Lewis John Knox the inaugural winner of the Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Prize at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

Church After the Fire – Lewis John Knox

Acrylic on canvas

50cm x 40cm x 1.2cm

Judge Djon Mundine had the following to say about this beautiful artwork

Church After the Fire is a painting about a time and a place committed to the memory of Lewis John Knox within the Aboriginal region now called the mid-north coast of New South Wales. It talks of the ‘mission called Burnt Bridge outside Kempsey that gave birth to a number of story-teller historian painters; Robert Campbell Jnr. and Adam Hill a.k.a. Blak Douglas among them. Picasso once lamented his wish to paint with the wonderment of a child. The childhood memory related here is simply directly expressed in naive brush strokes, colours, and partial impressionist composition. It moved an immediate visual-emotional response among a field of entries across a wide range of scale, styles, and subjects.

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30 x 30 Display

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The Gallery currently has on display its annual 30 x 30cm works.  These artworks are streamlined in size so that the purchaser can add to their collection each year. All artworks are original priced between $100-$200.  A great opportunity to start your own collection or to purchase as a gift for someone special.

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30 x 30 Christmas Exhibition

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The Gallery will have on Exhibition its annual collection of 30 x 30cm works by Aboriginal artists of the mid north coast.
These works range in price from $60 up to $200.
A opportunity not to be missed for that fabulous and unique Christmas gift.
The Gallery also has in stock a fine collection of gift ideas for Christmas.

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Corroboree Black Arts Market

Dont miss our stand at Federation Hall at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) on Sunday 23rd November 2014.
We will be there with a wide selection of artworks by local Dunghutti Artists. You will be able to meet Thunghutti artist Elwyn Toby who will be working away throughout the day.
Our attendance at the Black Arts Market has been made possible through funding from Australian Government Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.

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Hello Koala Sculpture Trail

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September 2014 – December 2015


Over 100 sponsors, artists, event partners, suppliers and media supporters have come together to make the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail a reality
The Port Macquarie Hastings region, on the Mid North Coast of NSW, has the largest coastal koala population on the east coast of Australia
Port Macquarie is the home of the Koala Hospital (the only facility of its type in the world) and Billabong Zoo, with its internationally accredited koala breeding program
The Hello Koalas Sculpture Project is managed by Arts and Health Australia, a national organisation dedicated to promoting the use of the arts and creative engagement to foster health and wellbeing for individuals and communities (

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NAIDOC Week Exhibition


This year the Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery will showcase works from Aboriginal Artists across the broader mid north coast region in recognition of National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee ( NAIDOC) Week. The origins of NAIDOC Week can be traced as far back as the 1920’s.
NAIDOC week celebrations are held annual around the country during July to acknowledge and celebrate history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Please put a visit to the Gallery on your list of ‘must see & do’in the Macleay Valley.

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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.

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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.