On Monday 16th July, Green Skills held a landcare forum at the Manjimup Art Gallery to open the Gondwana Connections Arts and Photographic exhibition.
The event was co-sponsored by Gondwana Link and the Warren Catchments Council. It provided an opportunity to show case the wonderful art and photographic work completed in recent years by both Noongar and Wadjella artists, as well as highlighting the value of Gondwana and its long term vision of reconnected country.
This exhibition opening included a Welcome to Country by Phyllis Karahoutis, Chairperson of the Walgenup Aboriginal Corporation and included presentations by Keith Bradby of Gondwana Link, Basil Schur of Green Skills, Vanda Dei-Tos, Manager, Libtaries and Cultural Services with the Shire of Manjimup, Julian Sharp from the Warren Catchment Council and Sharon Rose, local arts worker. The event included showing two short films : Green Skills’ YouTube doco about the Lake Muir wetlands and another showing casing a recently completed eco-art project in Manjimup. 32 people attended the event, including three local Shire counsellors.
Appreciations go to an excellent team of local volunteers who helped install the Exhibition. This included : Fay Dunstan, Anna Czerkasow, Julian Sharp, Arlen Sharp, Sharon Rose and Kimberley Rose. Shire of Manjimup Gallery and Library staff including Rhiannon Raper and Vanda De-Tos were very supportive as well.
Posted by Basil Schur, Projects Manager, Green Skills
The principal artists represented in the exhibition include Joey Williams, Audrey and Errol Eades, Lynne and Ken Tinley, Nikki Green, Janine McCrum, Robyn Lees, Helmie van Melle, Christine Harrison, Rosemary Turle, Jacqui Gale and Karlee Bertola. Nikki Green and Janine McCrum set up the exhibition. Key support has come from Poornarti Aboriginal Tours, Eugene and Errol Eades, Friends of Nowanup, the City of Albany’s Vancouver Art Centre, and Community Arts Network WA, the Denmark CRC.
This project has been supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions. In addition this event has been supported by the Koorabup Trust, Gondwana Link and the Warren Catchments Council.