Ngura Yadurirn to show new art for Reconciliatin Week

COVERED: Ngura Yadurirn director Susie Bawden gives a peak of the new artwork in the cultural garden.
COVERED: Ngura Yadurirn director Susie Bawden gives a peak of the new artwork in the cultural garden.

Ngura Yadurirn Children and Family Centre will celebrate National Reconciliation Week with an event which will include the unveiling of its new Waterhole Storyteller artwork.

The art project done at Arts Ceduna involving artists from Ceduna and Koonibba has been installed in the centre's cultural garden and will be ready for the event on May 29.

The centre's director Susie Bawden said it was a perfect opportunity to acknowledge the artists and the cultural impact.

"Our Minya Yarn Time Group were involved in designing it, the idea of waterholes are from the children in the preschool," she said.

Artist Pam Diment coordinated the creation of the project and said the artwork featured elements based around a waterhole, animals and bush tucker, based on consultation with the community.

She said using clay was a learning experience for the Ceduna and Koonibba artists.

"It was very time consuming, it's difficult working with clay as it's such a technical material," she said.

"It was great skills development for the artists from both Ceduna and Koonibba."

The project was funded through the Indigenous Language and Arts Fund.

The community have been invited for the National Reconciliation Week event, which will begin at the centre at 11am and will include a sausage sizzle, craft activities, storytelling, music and a jumping castle.

As well as celebrating the artists the centre is also celebrating this year's National Reconciliation Week theme of 'Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage'.

The theme is based around building strengthened relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, while being grounded in truth to foster greater race relations.

Mrs Bawden said the centre embedded Indigenous culture in everything it did and acknowledged culture and forming relationships.

The community is invited to attend the event and share in some lunch in the developing cultural garden.