The opening of the Visual Voices – Aboriginal Art of the South East Exhibition at Central Tilba Hall on Friday evening felt like something of an historic occasion.
The atmosphere was one of pride in achievement, cultural reaffirmation and reconciliation.
Renowned Aboriginal artist and curator, Djon Mundine gave an enjoyable address, pointing out that although this type of exhibition happens much more commonly on the north coast and in other areas across NSW, the newness of this current initiative by South East Arts Region (SEAR) deserves high praise.
Training in lino cutting and printing has been a valuable skills addition for the artists and the results speak for themselves.
Djon also commented on the high quality of the compositional aspects of the works on display, and that the artists had followed his former advice to be authentically themselves, presenting south eastern stories and personal interpretations.