Moorditj Yarning Community Art Exhibition

21 Oct, 2016

Dance and delightful food added extra dimensions to the opening of this year’s Moorditj Yarning art exhibition.

The Wadjak Northside Community Resource Centre in Balga hosted the opening night of the exhibition on October 26. Paintings by a wide range of artists were on display and for sale with all proceeds going to the artists.

The formal proceedings were started by Len Yarran, co-chair of the Centre, who welcomed everyone to Wadjak. Roy Tester, manager of Moorditj Yarning, spoke on behalf of Relationships Australia WA, and mentioned the continued importance of the art workshops program, from which most of the work came.

The Aboriginal dance by Trejhane brought the formal proceedings to a close. Balga Senior High School, a neighbour of the Wadjak Centre, was represented by deputy principal Rosemary. Len Yarran, an Aboriginal Islander Worker at the school said the centre works in close association with Balga High school in ways to encourage Aboriginal students to further their education.

The annual exhibition is a collection of local Aboriginal artwork which has come together from weekly workshops coordinated by Moorditj Yarning, Relationships Australia WA’s program for the Aboriginal community.

This year the artwork has been produced by women from the Banksia Grove Moorditj Yarning Art Group, the Wadjak Resource Centre’s Men’s Group, Dardy Yorgas Moorditj Yarning Women’s Group and individuals from the local community.

People of all ages – ranging from grandparents, to young children just learning to hold a paint brush – have been coming together not only to create art but also to connect and strengthen family relationships. Yarning (talking) embraces many forms of self-expression, whether in colour for a canvas or for people sharing their stories.

Art Exhibition
Art Exhibition
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