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Eco- Art Outings in the Great Southern with Caroline Narkle – In the Footsteps of Bella Kelly: celebrated Noongar Artist.

Green Skills in collaboration with Oyster Harbour Catchment Group and Gondwana Link are working with Mt Barker Noongar Elders, Caroline Narkle, Frank Krakouer and their family and local artists. Supported by local farmers, three Eco-Art Day outings are scheduled between October 2023 and January 2024. Public exhibitions of art will be showcased afterwards.

The outings will provide an opportunity for the broader community to join visits to locations around Mt Barker to and participate in outdoor landscape painting with Caroline and members of her family.

Caroline Narkle is a daughter of celebrated Noongar artist, Bella Kelly (1915 – 1994). Bella Kelly was closely associated with the famous Carrolup movement of Noongar Landscape art.

Caroline is an accomplished artist in her own right and paints in the Carrolup style of landscape art.

It is a privilege to have Caroline agree to come out on Boodja and paint. The outings will also benefit from the participation of printmaker and art educator, Nikki Green (Great Southern TAFE Art lecturer and member of the Denmark Butterfactory Art Gallery as well as south coast eco-fabric artist, Jenny Wilson.

Locations for the art outings include the family farm of Heather and Mark Adams, on Woogenellup North Road, the Goodies Family farm near Kendenup, and the Tootanellup rural property near Frankland.

The outings provide an opportunity for a relaxed, educational setting for yarning, sharing and creativity.

The Mt Barker Visitor Centre will host a two-month exhibition of works from these outings from February through to April 2024 and include a prominent opening event.

It is planned to take this exhibit to other towns in the Great Southern in late 2024.

COST per participant: $35 per session

BRING along own art materials and packed lunch

Please note that transport is not provided. Carpooling is encouraged. To register, please click here.