Aboriginal art competition offers sneak peak into new CBD cultural centre

NEW DIGS: From left: JobLink Plus' Emily Roy with Yinarr Maramali's Lorrelle Munro and Amy Hammond outside the CBD's new cultural centre for Aboriginal women and girls. Photo: Peter Hardin 070318PHB001
NEW DIGS: From left: JobLink Plus' Emily Roy with Yinarr Maramali's Lorrelle Munro and Amy Hammond outside the CBD's new cultural centre for Aboriginal women and girls. Photo: Peter Hardin 070318PHB001

A NEW Aboriginal cultural space is about to open in Tamworth’s CBD, with an inaugural Indigenous art competition giving locals a taste of the centre.

The competition was launched by JobLink Plus with the organisation looking for a new design for their uniform which would incorporate “more acknowledgment of local Aboriginal culture”.

The artworks were submitted by job-seekers and members of the public from across the state, but one of the winning pieces was created by Gunnedah-man Anthony Conlan.

“I do it because I like doing it and because it’s a part of my culture,” Mr Conlan said.

ART MATTERS: Gunnedah man Anthony Conlan was one of the winners with his piece about the wallaby trap. Photo: Peter Hardin 070318PHB028

ART MATTERS: Gunnedah man Anthony Conlan was one of the winners with his piece about the wallaby trap. Photo: Peter Hardin 070318PHB028

“It’s more or less a personal thing.

“But, I’d like to see a lot more of it in the schools and the kids doing a lot more.”

The exhibition was held at Yinarr Maramali’s new weaving studio on Brisbane St.

“It’s a place where we can tell our stories and tell our stories the way we want to and that’s through carving and weaving and artworks and painting,” Amy Hammond said.

“It’s important that we’re visible and have a spot right here in the thick-of-it of town.”

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