Official Opening: Reconciliation Week
May 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Belconnen Community Gallery ‘RESPECT’ series presents:
A group exhibition by participants in the Bungee Indigenous Boys and Indigenous Girls Groups, parents from the Koori Kids program, and professional Yidinji artist, Greg Joseph
May 22 – June 9
Official opening 5:30pm Wednesday May 31
Belconnen Community Gallery’s Reconciliation Week exhibition is a community collaboration involving participants, parents, and staff from a number of Belconnen Community Service programs; and professional Yidinji artists Greg Joseph. The Bungee Program’s Indigenous Boys group and Indigenous Girls group from University of Canberra High School Kaleen, are exploring their identity through art and connecting to culture. Works by parents from the Koori Kids group at West Belconnen Child and Family Centre show highly developed skills. Greg Joseph will also create a collaborative artwork in the gallery with Belconnen Community Centre staff and program participants.
Originally from tropical Far North Queensland, Greg’s tribal or “skin” name is Yidinji and his people are the Tableland Yidinji people; Yidinji meaning the “People of the Rainforest”. Growing up with a rich cultural heritage and the tropical rainforest being Greg’s school and playground, it’s hardly a surprise that the rainforest fauna and flora became the main source of his endless inspiration and reflect throughout Greg’s vibrant, colourful artwork. Traditional stories take on a new meaning through Yidinji’s own interpretation and his art radiates positive energy and zest for living.