Keeping the Indigenous spirit strong in Shepparton

March 16 / 177

A celebration of arts and culture is underway in Shepparton – and the University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health’s Shepparton Clinical School has taken the opportunity to unveil ‘Our Mob’. The newly acquired artwork is an attention-grabbing, miniature statue of three porcelain kangaroos.

‘Our Mob’ will make its debut at the Shepparton Festival, as part of an exhibition of works by local Aboriginal artists called ‘Strong Spirit’. 

“The Department of Rural Health is delighted to help celebrate our local Aboriginal culture through hosting this exhibition, and we welcome everyone to visit the free exhibition and enjoy the wonderful works,” says exhibition organiser Di Doyle, Extended Rural Cohort Program Coordinator at UoM Shepparton. 

“The Department of Rural Health’s collaboration with Gallery Kaiela is developing and enhancing skills and expertise among local Aboriginal artists and the community,” Ms Doyle says. “This exhibition is part of a series of projects and events we’re developing with Gallery Kaiela.” 

Gallery Kaiela is a local independent not-for-profit Aboriginal art gallery. ‘Our Mob’ was acquired from a recent exhibition Collisions – A Cross Cultural Artist’s Collaboration, a partnership project between the Shepparton Art Museum and Gallery Kaiela, and is by Eric Brown and Vipoo Srivilasa. 

The Shepparton Festival is running until Sunday 20 March. ‘Our Mob’ and the exhibition can be viewed Monday to Friday 9am–5pm at the Department of Rural Health in Shepparton (Opposite GV Health – 49 Graham Street). All works are for sale. 

For more information, visit the Shepparton Festival website 

Story by Bridget O'Reilly.

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