30th November 2017- 22nd January 2018

It’s the end of the year and once again the Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place is opening Christmas exhibitions to celebrate the season. Three new exhibitions will be opened at 6pm on Thursday, 30th November, 2017.


There will be an exhibition of painted Australian Aboriginal Christmas tree ornaments. These ornaments are egg-shaped and vibrantly painted with Aboriginal designs. All the ornaments will be on sale. Also on display will be a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments painted by re-known local Aboriginal artist Brian Irving. Brian Irving’s painted goose eggs are from the Centre’s collection.

The above exhibition entitled Koori Khristmas will also include a few varieties of premium chocolates embossed with Aboriginal designs. The designs are by Chern’ee Sutton who is a 20-year-old Aboriginal artist from Queensland with a successful small business. Her heritage lies with the Kalkadoon people from the Mount Isa area in Queensland and she started painting when she was just 13-years-old. Chern’ee developed her own chocolate range called ‘Chern’ee Sutton Originals’ which is the first time Aboriginal art has been embossed onto chocolate. The Aboriginal images are printed on white chocolate and placed onto darker chocolate. Some are printed on dark chocolate and placed onto white chocolate. Using patent technology, Chern’ee’s work is printed onto chocolate with chocolate creating a ‘mouthwatering piece of art’ that is one hundred percent Australian made.

The second exhibition entitled Indigenous People of the World Series: Re-Stitching Cultures is an exhibition of dolls from Indigenous women from South Africa, Canada and Australia. It is a celebration of doll-making and Indigenous knowledge through dolls from the Gomeroi gaaynggal program in Tamworth, the Zulu women from Kwa Zulu Natal of South Africa and First Nations women from Six Nations Reservation in Ontario Canada. As dolls serve as talismans, they are reminders of what we feel but do not see immediately. Talismanic numen of a doll is here to remind us to speak and to anticipate for us.


The third exhibition called Memories in Black and White is a collection of black and white photos from the Centre’s Photography Club. The ACCKP has a black and white photography club that meets once a month. This club was started three years ago and is going strong till today. Memories in Black and White is a culmination of photos of the Club’s meetings. The club has been involved in four exhibitions. They are:


16 November 2015- 23 January 2016 ……  Black, White and Many Shades of Grey

24 November 2016-14 January 2017 …….. Walcha-Aboriginal Significant Sites

30 March 2017 - 22 May 2017………………Tones and Hues Black and White

30 November 2017- 22 January 2018………Memories in Black and White


A fun-filled evening with music, food and drinks is planned and the community is invited to attend the opening on Thursday, 30th November 2017 at 6pm. If you have not been to the Centre or to an Aboriginal exhibition, this is your opportunity to experience something new and to interact with Aboriginal culture.



Art and cultural workshops are available for groups of 15 or more people at only $3.30 per person per hour. Advance booking is essential. Activities for all ages are available.


Art Gallery

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Gift Shop

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