28th September- 25th November 2017

The Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place is opening three new exhibitions on the 28th September. The first is an exhibition entitled The New England Aboriginal Acquisition Award, the second is a photographic exhibition entitled New England Aboriginal Women in Art while the final exhibition is an artefact collection entitled Traditional Aboriginal Coolamons. These exhibitions will be opened on Thursday, 28th September at 6.00pm. The community is welcome to attend.


The New England Aboriginal Acquisition Award will be held in the Centre’s main gallery. It is an Aboriginal art competition with the first prize winning $1,000, second prize $600 and third prize $500. Aboriginal artists from across New South Wales have been invited to take part in this competition. The themes for the competition are Bush Tucker and Hunting and Gathering. The winners will be judged on the creativity, aesthetic value and appropriateness of the concept to the themes of their artwork. It will also give upcoming artists an opportunity to show their artwork and to exhibit in the future at the ACCKP.        

 The photographic exhibition is entitled, New England Aboriginal Women in Art. The exhibition is a celebration of Aboriginal women artists. It recognises their talents and skills. The photos provide a glimpse into who these women are and them at work. Some of the women featured in the photos are members of the ACCKP’s Aboriginal Women’s Group who meet once a month at the Centre.

The artefact exhibition is entitled, Traditional Aboriginal Coolamons. The Coolamons are from the ACCKP’s permanent collection. A coolamon is a traditional Aboriginal Australian carrying vessel. It is a multi-purpose shallow vessel, or dish with curved sides, ranging in length from 30 – 70 cm, and similar in shape to a canoe. Coolamon’s were traditionally used by Aboriginal women to carry water, fruits, nuts, as well as to cradle babies.

The exhibitions will open on Thursday 28th September at 6.00pm and be on display until the 27th November. The public is welcome to come and view these exhibitions during this time.



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