First Nations children and young people from across the Central Coast are having their creative expression celebrated through Maliga – the annual visual storytelling program that helps to mark Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week.
Maliga means Shine in Darkinjung language and the Maliga visual storytelling program is a community led initiative that provides an outstanding platform for young First Nations people on the Coast to shine.
Artworks showcase both a traditional and contemporary style and Council is thrilled to once again help celebrate the stories and talent of our young First Nations People aged three to 18 through the Maliga program.
Maliga sees young First Nations People share stories of culture and identity through visual, performance and literary expression, with artworks featured in a collaborative street flag presentation in Wyong, Toukley, Long Jetty and Umina town centres and The Entrance Bridge and along Tuggerah Straight.
The street flag presentation is an annual highlight for the Coast and this year we can enjoy pieces by local artist Kyle Waters and the work of students from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College (The Entrance and Berkley Vale), Kincumber Public School, Kincumber High, Wyong High School and Wadalba Community School.
This year’s flags include a representation of ‘Tiddalik the Frog’ brought to life through the illustrative skills of local artist and Kamilaroi descent, Kyle Waters.
The Maliga flags will help to mark Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) and NAIDOC Week (4 July – 11 July).
What else is happening across the Coast for Reconciliation Week?
Gosford Regional Gallery and The Entrance Gallery will also be celebrating First Nations Peoples through exhibitions and events including:
- Cleverman exhibition (Gosford Regional Gallery)
- Colours of Country exhibition (Gosford Regional Gallery)
- Cultural market (Gosford Regional Gallery)
- Saltwater Freshwater (The Entrance Gallery).
See all upcoming exhibitions/events at our galleries by visiting centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/Galleries