Michael said he hoped The Art Of The Bundjalung Nation would encourage more Indigenous artists to be proud of their culture and their art.

There’s a lot of black fellas around here who would be just be too embarrassed to do it (exhibit art) for themselves, but if we had some regular exhibitions and they saw other people having a go, they would too, Michael said. I hope this can inspire some other fellas because exhibiting and selling your work is an amazing buzz.

The Art Of The Bundjalung Nation is a joint project between Norpa and Gurgun Bulahnggelah (Lismore Aboriginal Health).

Opening night is this Friday, January 23 at 6pm, and the exhibition will then remain on show right through the long weekend (January 24, 25 and 26) from 10am to 4pm daily. Entry is by gold coin.