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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.

Invitation Sea Acres

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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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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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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’.

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Richard Campbell at the Glasshouse

In 2008 Richard’s work was selected to be represented at Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Australia for World Youth Day.  during this time he was an artist in residence at The Australian Museum.

In 2010 two of Campbell’s works were displayed at the Cananisation ceremony of Mary McKillop

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NSW Indigenous Parliament Award Artists

The Gallery presently has on show works by local aboriginal artists whose works have been represented in the NSW Indigenous Parliament Awards.

To accompany these that Gallery has on show  fine works by Artists of the mid north coast.


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Jabidi Silk – Evette Morgan

The Gallery recently attended the launch of Jabidi Silk at the Sydney Opera House.   Evette Morgan has invented a new silk canvas that is capable of taking any medium.  Colin Wightman painted on the silk which was shown at the official launch at Sydney Opera House on 30 April.

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Andrew Stoner Oxley MP

Andrew Stoner recently visited the Gallery and made the following comment

‘I encourage locals and visitors alike to take the time to visit the Art Gallery next to the Kempsey Visitor Information Centre and see some wonderful pieces of work.’