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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 Exhibition

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Centenary & Beyond

This year the Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery will acknowledge and showcase photographic portraits by Sydney photographer Sarah Barker of three Kinchela Boys whose fathers served in the armed forces for our country.
Private Cecil Robert Clayton joined the 2/13th Infantry Battalion (known as Devil’s Own) on 10 July 1940 and was discharged on 8 June 1944.
While Private Cecil was serving in the forces during the 1950’s the Government took away 6 of his 9 children in 1957. Buddy Clayton was sent to Kinchela Boys Home and Aunty Fay Clayton was sent to Cootamundra Girls Home.
Upon Cecil’s discharge he returned to the Riverina and while the non-Aboriginal soldiers he served with received benefits such as the Soldier Settlement Blocks, he did not. No returned Aboriginal soldiers were eligible for those benefits.
Uncle Cecil Bowden and Uncle Stan Harradine’s fathers both served in the armed forces. While Uncle Cecil Bowden’s father was away fighting for our country his children were taken away with Uncle Cecil ending up in Kinchela Boys Home.
NAIDOC week celebrations are held annually around the country during July to acknowledge and celebrate history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year celebrations will be held from the 7th – 11 July
The display of images together with artworks from aboriginal artists is presently on display in the gallery to acknowledge NAIDOC week from Sunday 7 July to Sunday 14 July.
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.

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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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New Works

The Gallery presently has on display an extensive range of wonderful aboriginal artwork from Dunghutti region and mid north coast.
New works by Anthony Flanders are well worth a look. Anthony is a Dunghutti man who has a lone lineage of artistic ability in the family.
Don’t forget some of the artists exhibiting in the Gallery have had works hung in the NSW Indigenous Parliament Award, Finalists in Telstra Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Award, have been short-listed for Ray Ban ‘One sight’ project and shown in prestigious Galleries.
Comments from the visitors book state that it is ‘The Best Aboriginal Art Gallery on the mid north coast’ so be sure not to miss it.

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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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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.