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Alison Williams

Aboriginal artist Alison Williams is a descendant of the Gumbaynggirr tribe who lives in the Clarence Valley, NSW, Australia and is recognised as one of the leading contemporary Indigenous artists on the North Coast of NSW. Alison has been practising art since she was about 8 years old and professionally for approximately 20 years and produces a diverse range of fine arts from fibre crafts and sculpture to drawings and paintings.

“I am a strong advocate for cultural awareness and strive, as a Gumbaynggirr descendant and artist, to share the wisdom and knowledge of my culture. I believe that understanding is the key to acceptance and therefore unity.”

Alison Williams’ Website

Anthony “TULE” Gordon

Anthony is a traditional song man from the Baygal nation also known as the Bundjalung. His work is inspired by Nuthung-garra (Ancestors) and the higher spirit source known as Nuthung ngali and the butheram (creation times).

His sculptures are unique to the area. They are made from ocean driftwood and Australian timbers.

He is a song man, musician and language speaker. Coming from a respected cultural family , he carries the knowledge of the culture with pride and respect for the elders who have taught him.

Aunty Robin Duroux

Aunty Robyn Duroux

Aunty Robyn Duroux is a founding member of Yarrawarra and a Gumbaynggirr elder and artist who re-creates’ traditional stories and cultural values through painting and workshops.

Clem Ritchie

Burnt Bridge Mission Exhibition

DOB:  1944

Clem is a Dunghutti man who grew up at burnt Bridge Mission as a child.  Clem has a mild intellectual disability who has difficulty in reading, writing and communication.

Through his artwork he engages with the audience in sharing his culture and history.

Clem has been painting since 2009 at a Disability Workshop known as ‘Living Skills’.

Exhibitions

2011

Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery

NAIDOC Exhibition

2012

Naidoc Week Exhibition at Gladstone MV Gallery

Burnt Bridge Exhibition – DNAAG

2013

Exhibiting at DNAAG

Kempsey Shire Art Prize

2014

Burnt Bridge Mission Travelling Exhibition, Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place & Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Gilbert Laurie

Gilbert was born in Lismore in 1963. he belongs to the Yaegl and Widjabul tribes of the Bundjalung Nation. Gilbert began painting in 1980s in Lismore with a group of Bundjalung men in a studio called the Chocolate factory. He worked closely with brother Oral Roberts, a close working  relationship that still exists today.

Gilbert paints in a style that he has developed over the years of working called “Djurrumbil” the diamond style. His paintings reflect the energy that surrounds the animals and sea creatures that he paints. His use of concentric lines is a style that comes naturally to him.

Gilbert is currently the director of the Nimbin Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Nimbin. He is teacher and mentor. He works for the North Coast National each year running the Aboriginal Art Space. Gilbert is passionate about his culture and is often asked to perform the the fire ceremony that his grandfather taught him.

Gilbert has appeared in many group exhibition. He was the winner of the peoples choice award in the National Parks and Wildlife Indigenous art awards in 2005 and 2006. He is a not only a fine artists but also a musician and a strong cultural man.

Jai Darby Walker

Born in 1980 Jai began working as an artist in 2007 at the Jambama Aboriginal Art Studio and gallery in Casino. He is proudly Bundjalung.

His style is largely self taught. He draws and paints the old people, haunting images of the ancestors who formed the Bundjalung nation. Jai is a unique artist with the ability to create images of his ancestors that move and speak through their eye bringing into focus the men and women of the past, lost but not forgotten.

Jai experiments with new techniques continuously producing work that evolves and grows with each time he produces new works. He is an inspired young artist and leaves a mark with the work he produces.

He won the peoples choice award in the 2011 Gaagal Exhibition at Yarrawarra

Joe Lugnan

Joe Lugnan

Joe Lugnan is a Gumbaynggirr elder and craftsman who is accomplished at wood carving, painting & ceramics. Joe’s signature work would be his beautiful hand crafted timber dreamtime animals available though the Wadjar gift shop.

Katie Cowan

Katie Cowan

Katie Cowan is a Gumbaynggirr weaver, who has also worked in the Yuraal Bush Tucker café at and Nuralamee accomodation complex at Yarrawarra. Katie’s decorative woven wall hangings made from a variety of native materials can be purchased through the Wadjar gift shop.

Kristian Benton

Taking the Didgeridoo to the World. Kristian Benton is fast becoming one of the worlds most sought after didgeridoo performers and craftsman. Kristian’s art, music and language studies are his personal connection to his own ancestors the Ngemba people of northwest NSW. After over twenty years of dedication to his art and learning his culture, Kristian’s perseverance is paying off. His musical and artistic talents are a gift he shares throughout his local community .Gumbaynggirr country on the north coast of NSW as well as his homeland of inland NSW and all around the world.

Kristian Benton

Kristian’s talent for finding and making concert quality instruments goes side by side with his expertise in playing them. This is an unbeatable combination and a valuable asset as this allows him to make didgeridoos to very specific standards for his own satisfaction and enjoyment. Through this he is able to refine both his skill in crafting fine instruments and also his playing ability. Not many Didgeridoo/ Yidaki crafters can claim to excel in both areas.

Kristian Benton was born in 1975 and grew up in central NSW in Orange (Wiradjuri Country). He has released three successful albums to date (Yidaki Vibes, Spirit Alive and Learn the Didgeridoo) and is hoping to release his forth and finest album later this year.

In the last four years Kristian has traveled to many international destinations and has had some amazing and unforgettable performances and experiences. In 2011 Kristian went to Abu Dhabi and Dubai where he traveled all over the UAE performing live, on television, on radio, for government functions, at international schools and also for a local school in the desert.

In 2012 Kristian was invited by the Australian government to go to South Korea and represent the country as an indigenous artist/performer along with Jessica Mauboy and the amazing artist Billy Missi at the World Expo in Yeosu. Kristian made a total of four trips to South Korea and toured all over the country performing and holding workshops. One of the many amazing highlights Kristian had in South Korea was meeting and performing for Princess Mary and Prince Fredrick of Denmark. From there he had a trip to Mongolia where he performed at the Gala dinner to celebrate the 40th anniversary between Mongolia and Australia and he also performed at the WOW (World of Women) film festival.

In 2013 Kristian went to South Africa where he performed for the Australian High Commission, the Mining Indaba and also performed and held workshops for television and local schools.

Kristian is going back to South Africa for the Kalahari Desert Festival in late March 2014 and also has more local and international touring lined up for the rest of 2014.

Kristian Benton
Yidaki Vibes Didgeridoos
Kristian’s music on itunes
“Sticks with Spirit”

Lewis John Knox

The Burnt Bridge Mission Exhibition

DOB: 15 July 1947

I have been interested in painting since I was a small boy with cerebral palsy and polio.

When I reached adulthood I worked with Macleay Options, a service provider for people with disabilities.

I attend a disability group in Kempsey known as KOGS.  As part of our weekly program I attend a living skills workshop with Macleay Options where we paint on a more serious level telling our stories through our art works.

Current Exhibitions and Experience

2010-12

Naidoc Week Exhibitions

2011

30 x 30cm Christmas Exhibiton Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery (DNAAG)

2012

Joint Exhibition at Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery titled ‘Burnt Bridge’ 30 x 30cm Christmas Exhibition at DNAAG

2013

Kempsey Shire Art Prize

Naidoc Exhibition DNAAG

30 x 30 Christmas Exhibition DNAAG

2014

Burnt Bridge Mission Exhibition, Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and    Keeping Place & Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre

I am currently working on another body of work to share my stories as an aboriginal child with a disability growing up in the Macleay Valley.