Come on a journey with Albury Art Gallery’s latest exhibition.

The Journey Forward is the second exhibition coordinated by AlburyCity and Murray Arts that exclusively showcases artists involved in the Aboriginal Artists Network. The exhibition will feature 13 artists and highlights contemporary aboriginal artist practice.

A range of art forms will be on show, including sculpture, weaving, printmaking and painting. The exhibiting artists originate from various indigenous nations and The Journey Forward is described as symbolic of ˜the path we are travelling together’.

When Murray Arts approached us to collaborate on this project we were very pleased to get involved, said AlburyCity Visual Arts Coordinator Bianca Acimovic.

General Manager, Murray Arts Elise Armitage said: Through the support of the NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund, Murray Arts is particularly pleased to provide opportunities for local Aboriginal artists to expand and develop their arts practice in a supportive environment.

Exhibitions like this and an opportunity to promote in a leading regional art gallery will help these artists develop and we’e grateful for the support of AlburyCity.

Modern techniques such as lino block printing have been explored by the artists, and the result is an amazing array of beautiful unique artworks representing the culture of the region, Ms Armitage said.

The works will be available for purchase and is a great opportunity for people to add a piece of contemporary Aboriginal art to their collections.

Each of the artists and their works went through a selection process that was overseen by Murray Arts and AlburyCity. From the selection process 13 individual artists and two collectives were selected, making up 28 works for the exhibition.

The Journey Forward will be on exhibition in the Chamber Gallery at the Albury Art Gallery from Saturday 10 November until Sunday 9 December.

The exhibition is part of the Bundyi Festival: Come share with Us which runs from Wednesday 21 November to Saturday 24 November. The festival celebrates Aboriginal culture and strives to bring the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community together. The exhibition will officially open on Friday 23 November from 6pm. Wiradjuri elders Nancy Rooke and Pastor Darren Wighton will conduct a ˜welcome to country’, which will include the playing of the didgeridoo and an opening address by the newly appointed General Manager of Murray Arts, Elise Armitage.

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