Aboriginal paintings exhibition at Hong Kong gallery raises international standing of Australia’s indigenous artists

(15 June 2005) The prestigious Wellington Gallery in Hong Kong will present an exhibition of aboriginal paintings as Australia celebrates the achievements of its indigenous people. The exhibition reflects the increasing international reputation of aboriginal artists and their unique styles. Event details are:

Dates:16 June “ 15 July 2005
Place:Wellington Gallery, G/F, 31A Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel:+852 2541 2225
Opening hours: Monday “ Saturday (10am “ 7pm)

The exhibition will feature distinguished aboriginal artists including:

Bruce Nabegeyo “ Bruce was taught to paint by his father and renowned artist Billinyarra Nabegeyo from the age of 12.

Eric Kumunja Tjapaltjarri “ Eric received much of his education and training from his grandfather, the late famous Aboriginal artist Benny Tjapaltjarri.

Josie Petrick Kemarre – Josie Petrick is renowned for her innovative interpretations of her Dreamings, religion and culture through her bold and dynamic approach to canvas.

The aboriginal exhibit is part of Australia Art & About (16 June-15 July), a program of Australian art exhibitions staged simultaneously by nine galleries in Hong Kong. Australia Art & About is organised by the Australian Trade Commission and sponsored by the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Limestone Coast Wines and AÄ“sop.

The exhibition coincides with NAIDOC Week (3-10 July 2005) in Australia, which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NAIDOC originally stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. This committee was once responsible for organising activities in Australia during NAIDOC Week, and its acronym has become the name of the Week itself. More information about NAIDOC Week can be found at www.naidoc.org.au.

Indigenous Australians have complex social systems and highly developed traditions reflecting their deep connection to the land and environment. Diverse indigenous cultures are a vital part of Australia’s national identity.

Photos of paintings can be downloaded by the media at:

Media enquiries: Wan Wai-lun, Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong
Tel: 2585 4482, Email: wailun.wan@dfat.gov.au