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We are not yet ready to re-open

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Artwork – Cattai Wetlands – Swan Nesting Sites by Tanya Taylor

“NSW is home to some of Australia’s best art galleries and museums and I look forward to them reopening to the public.” Gladys Berejiklian – NSW Premier.

Although galleries, museums and libraries are able to re-open in NSW from Monday June 1st, DNAAG will remain closed in the short term . We still have to establish our Covid-19 safety protocols for the protection of our artists, visitors and staff. We expect to have a staged process of re-opening commencing soon. Until then you can contact us on (02) 65621432 or by email at

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Always Was, Always Will Be

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Artwork by Zale Davison

“Always Was, Always Will Be” is the theme for NAIDOC Week in 2020.

Together with Wadjar Regional Indigenous Gallery (Corindi Beach) and the Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre, DNAAG was working towards a joint – Three Nations – exhibition.

Covid-19 restrictions have changed the way we are working,  but it is also challenging us to look for creative ways to support our artists and to celebrate their work.

We are keen to proceed, even if in a different format or at a later date.

We are currently investigating the possibility of placing artists works online before proceeding to physical exhibitions in the galleries.

I will keep you posted on our progress.

Alan Guihot – Gallery Coordinator.

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Closure due to Covid 19 Pandemic

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The gallery is currently closed to the public due to the lock-downs caused by the Covid 19 Pandemic.

We are using this time to update our online presence and to research the history of the gallery as it goes into its twelfth year of operation.

You can still contact us by phone or email if you have any inquiries.

We look forward to reopening as soon as possible so that the public can continue to see the outstanding works being produced by our Mid North Coast (NSW) artists.

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Sad Passing of an Important Artist

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Uncle Milton Budge (Dec’d) with the certificate celebrating his award of the
2007 Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize.

One of the founders of the gallery, Uncle Milton Budge, has passed away. Milton exhibited throughout Australia and in 2007 his piece – Ration day times (Working for food rations, Collecting rations and rations)  won the Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize. This work now forms part of the Parliament of NSW permanent art collection. Milton’s beautiful work is held in private and public collections throughout Australia. DNAAG was privileged to be associated with Milton and to exhibit his work, which shared important stories about our local history and culture.

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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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NAIDOC Week – We All Stand on Sacred Ground

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC week celebrations are held annually around the country during the first full week of July to acknowledge and celebrate history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

It is a timely opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

This year the Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery will acknowledge and showcase artworks of our Dunghutti region together with aboriginal artists of the mid north coast from 6-12 July 2015.

The Gallery is situated inside the Visitor Information Centre, South Kempsey Park on the old Pacific Highway.

Gallery hours are from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Be sure not to miss this opportunity to view and support your local Aboriginal Artists and Art Gallery.

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

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Easter Break

Looking for something to do over school holiday break? Why not drop by the Gallery to view the vast collection of artworks on display.  The gallery also has on hand bush tucker products, home wares, prints etc.