Council celebrates Indigenous culture with various events across the Coast


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Thursday, 23 May 2019

In the lead up to National Reconciliation Week Central Coast Council is celebrating Indigenous arts and culture on the Coast with the annual Sean Lonergan Schools Project, Maliga 2019 Exhibition, a Cultural Market Day plus a special ‘Colours of Country’ exhibition.

What’s On in Gosford

In the lead up to National Reconciliation Week, Gosford Regional Gallery will be presenting the different aspects of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture in a variety of ways for the community.

The ‘Colours of Country’ exhibition will open on Friday 24 May, showcasing a collection of works from Central Coast Aboriginal Artists.

On Saturday 25 May the exhibition of works from the ‘Sean Lonergan Schools Project’, a collaborative project where Aboriginal artists have worked in residency with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous local students from nine local schools to create an array of artworks, will go on display in the Gallery for the community to view.

Plus there will be a special community ‘Cultural Market Day’ on Sunday 26 May featuring a Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony, Aboriginal Art & Craft Stalls, Entertainment, Aboriginal performances, a barbeque, plus free Children’s craft and a Wildlife ARC Society Reptile and Animal interactive display.

What’s On at The Entrance

Council’s annual Indigenous Arts and Culture showcase returns with the popular visual, performance and literary arts program for young Indigenous people aged three to 18 years.

The Maliga 2019 program incorporates an exhibition, workshops and artist in residence program to showcase the diversity of Indigenous arts practice within a contemporary and cultural context.

Maliga, which means ‘Shine’ in Darkinjung language, commenced in 2014 as a creative platform for Indigenous children and young people to express their cultural identity.

The popular program is an important platform for our Indigenous children and young people to express their identity and cultural connection. Indigenous art and painting is centred on storytelling and is a powerful tool to convey information, history and beliefs. Since last year, the program has expanded to include early childhood centres and community organisations, in addition to primary and secondary schools.

Engagement with the project has increased by 41 percent since its inception, including over 180 artworks submitted across a range of disciplines and mediums and we are proud of the amazing and creative works from all ages that make up the exhibition.

Artworks as part of the Maliga 2019 exhibition will be judged on 27 May by local Elders, Aunty Jenni McEwen and Uncle Gavi Duncan, with awards presented for categories including non-educational, primary school, secondary school and Mayoral awards.

The exhibition will officially launch on Monday 27 May from 10am-12pm at The Entrance Gallery, and will be open to the public from 28 May until 7 June, Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm.

The inaugural artist in residency program, with Indigenous artist Jason Coulthard, was held in collaboration with six schools across the coast. The student’s creations have been reproduced into four contemporary designed street flags installed throughout Long Jetty and along Pacific Hwy in Tuggerah until 30 June 2019.

A series of free workshops on visual storytelling and traditional basket weaving will also be held at The Entrance Community Centre for the whole community. Visit Council’s website to book.

Key dates: Gosford Regional Gallery

Colours of Country exhibition - Friday 24 May to Sunday 2 June 2019

The Sean Lonergan Schools Project exhibition - Saturday 25 May until Sunday 7 July 2019

Community Cultural Market Day - Sunday 26 May 2019, 10am-4pm


Key dates: The Entrance Gallery, Battley Avenue, The Entrance

Maliga 2019 Exhibition launch - Monday 27 May 2019, 10am-12pm

Maliga 2019 Exhibition - Tuesday 28 May until Friday 7 June, 10am-4pm (Tuesdays-Fridays)


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Last updated : Thu 23 May 2019