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Nitel—An Exhibition of First Nations Artists


Nitel—An Exhibition of First Nations Artists

27 May 2023 – 30 Jul 2023

Nitel is an exhibition of First Nations Women’s art work. The collective of 5 creative women artists from the Bendigo region on Dja Dja Wurrung country who share social, cultural and/or family connections and have lived in the region for many years.

From traditional coil weave baskets, to contemporary jewellery, to contemporary recycled wall hangings, to paintings on canvas in traditional Aboriginal style, plus a contemporary Aboriginal painting approach to a more traditional European watercolour style, the show will reflect a varied overview of some of the types of Aboriginal women’s art which is created in the South eastern Australian Aboriginal art community.

Georgina Riseley is a Proud Palawa woman from Lunnawannaalonnah (Bruny Island) Lutruwita Country (Tasmania) and raised on Lutruwita, Naam (Melbourne) and Dja Dja Wurrung country who now works with several art mediums to create designs and effects that capture the story she is sharing and she loves doing pieces that show a journey or story, creating art and working throughout the community and working with many mediums. She also makes custom art pieces, earrings & pendant sets. Georgi took some time out from living in Victoria working with the Elders and living on the remote Aboriginal community with the Anugu people in the Pitimjara of Yalata South Australia

Annie Brigdale has always been drawn to colour and pattern. Since becoming a mother she has felt the pull to learn more of her Aboriginal heritage and share it with her children so that as a family they can pass this learning and history on to future generations. This family journey has been alongside her creative path into visual art and painting. During this process she has learnt to listen quietly, observe and grow. Annie is a Yorta Yorta woman living on Dja Dja Wurrung country and follows strong Yorta Yorta women before her. A creative personality and an intuitive artist with a strong connection to country through art she often spends time on the Murray and the Ovens rivers, which inspires and renew her. Annie is a member of Blak Design 2023 and is also a member of NGKM Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini Art Collective.

Janet Bromley is a Yorta Yorta artist, using tradition methods of gathering and weaving she makes with recycled clothing, plastic waste, found objects and bush materials to weave and build, telling stories in her small works and large installations. Janet has recently joined the City of Greater Bendigo as the First Nations Arts Officer, opening a First Nations Gallery ‘Dja Djuwima’ in the heart of Bendigo and is a recipient of the Excellence in any Media Art Award, Koorie Heritage Trust 2018 Janet is also a member of NGKM Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini Art Collective

Lorraine Brigdale is a proud Yorta Yorta woman, always experimental with her art. Her art works are made with hand-sourced and hand-prepared earth materials and pigments created from ground Ochres, Minerals Charcoal & Mica. Lorraine’s creative response to country in the form of painting with the earth leads her to make paintings that tell the story of her journey in an artistic urge coming from ancestral memory. Lorraine was recipient of the Creative Victoria Excellence in any Media Award, Koorie Heritage Trust 2022, and the 2D Viva Energy art Award 2019. Lorraine was a member of Blak Design 2022 and is also a member of NGKM Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini Art Collective

Trina Dalton-Oogjes Wadawarrung/Wathaurung & Gunditjmara. Her art is a way of remaining connected to her culture and that connection is reflected in her work. Trina’s weaving is typically traditional in style particularly when creating baskets with various fibres, recently Trina has created wall hangings that display the traditional weaving patterns and colours in an interesting and contemporary way. Trina’s paintings hold stories with spiritual connection to her culture her people & land. She often gathers inspiration for her artwork from her ancestors, Elders, animals, land, water and the sky. She also enjoys painting, designing possum skin cloaks and wood burning. Trina is also a member of NGKM Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini Art Collective

Image: Fabric, by Annie Brigdale (Yorta Yorta)

Gallery Details

Victorian Artists Society (VAS)
430 Albert Street,
East Melbourne VIC 3002

T: 03 9662 1484
E: admin@vasgallery.org.au

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Weekdays: 10am-4pm
Weekends: 11am-4pm

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Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.