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    ON SHOW: Tanisha Lovett with her painting ‘Sunset Dreaming’. Horsham Town Hall is hosting a NAIDOC Week art exhibition as part of national celebrations. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Showcasing culture, connection for NAIDOC Week

An indigenous art exhibition in Horsham will form part of Wimmera NAIDOC Week celebrations starting on Monday.

Horsham Town Hall will host Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-Operative’s NAIDOC Art Exhibition official opening on Monday, followed by a second formal opening on July 10.

The exhibition will be one of many regional festivities in a national celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s history, culture and achievements.

Goolum Goolum health and wellbeing programs manager Dean O’Loughlin said more than 100 pieces, including canvas, photography, metalwork and craft, would be on display.



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He said the exhibition was a ‘creative expression’ of regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, which would be open to the public for the whole week.

“Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-Operative initiated a Culture and Language Art project late last year to engage local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to submit works of art to this exhibition,” he said.

“GGAC also facilitated weekly art classes leading up to NAIDOC week, supporting  indigenous community members to come together to create individual and community works of art.”

NAIDOC Week activities in Horsham will start at 9.30am Monday, with a Welcome to Country, flag-raising ceremony and traditional dancers on the corner of Firebrace Street and Roberts Avenue.

A smoking ceremony and exhibition opening at Horsham Town Hall will follow.

Northern Grampians Shire community can also take part in celebrations with a range of activities at Stawell Neighbourhood House.

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