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


Naidoc Week Exhibitions


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


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


Kempsey Shire Art Prize

Naidoc Exhibition DNAAG

30 x 30 Christmas Exhibition DNAAG


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.

Lewis Walker

Born in Tabulam in 1968, Lewis is an artist, dance, musician and a sites office for the Tabulam area. Lewis comes from the Walker family who are well respected for their cultural knowledge and are custodians of the Tabulam area. He is a language speaker who learnt from his mother, aunties and grandmother from an early age.He only spoke language it was not until  at age 13 he entered the formal  school system and only then did he begin to learn the English language. Lewis’s work reflects the country between the rocky outcrops to the east coast ocean. His work represent the natural bush and animals from the area he live, the rocky river, his country , Tabulam.

He performs ceremonies and  music at funerals whenevers he is asked. He is a generous man who offers his time and energy whenever it is required. He teaches language classes with elder Uncle Harry Walker. He sees his role as a caretaker for the elders and youth alike. He passes on the Bundjalung culture which is so important in his life.

Lilly Clegg

Lilly is a Gumbaynggirr artist from Corindi Beach, she has strong ancestral ties to the land and ocean, and this is what inspires her art: Nature and connecting to Country. Using a variety of mediums she is on a journey to learn about her culture and language, and to help preserve knowledge and inspire healing through art and self expression. She is very passionate about environmental activism and fighting for the protection of the land, water and sacred sites of aboriginal nations.

Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay is a painter, printer and ceramic artist who has lived in the Corindi Beach area for almost 20 years. Originally from the sunshine coast, Lindsay applies bold styles and colours to a variety of surfaces to create beautiful contemporary works reflecting his deep connections with spirit and country.

‘I have been producing fine arts for about the last 15 years. No real formal training… worked with a couple of mates in Brisbane in their workshop and gallery. Then I came to Yarrawarra at Corindi Beach and started working in the art shed with other local artists and began ceramic work. I worked with Mark Sinclaire at Corindi Pottery and realized that I wanted to work as an artist.

I am inspired by expressing my Aboriginality and spirituality using any medium I see fit.’

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Luke Close

Curriculum Vitae

Luke is a proud Bundjalung man, living in Lismore NSW he has developed a unique and strong artistic talent through his life experiences and connection with culture. He is proud of his culture and country and these connections are portrayed through his art work.Luke Close


TAA Certificate IV Training & Assessmen,, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)

Professional Practice

2012  Bangalow Primary School, Bangalow, NSW, Artist in Schools Project  (AIS), funded by the Australia Council for the Arts

2011-12 Balunda Correctional Centre, Tabulum, NSW, Art Teacher

2011  Lismore Tafe, Lismore NSW, Art Teacher

Group Exhibitions

2013     Boomali Aboriginal Art gallery, Leichardt, Sydney. Bunarm Bologaman wahl Bundjalung

2012  Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton NSW, Return to Country

2012  Northern Rivers community Gallery, Ballina NSW, Jugul, Indigenous             Artist Book Project Exhibition

2011  Boomalli, Aboriginal Art Gallery, Leichardt, Sydney, NSW, Show of  Strength

2011  Northern Rivers Community Gallery, NPWS Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition

2011  Lismore Regional Gallery, My Spirit Home: A Gunyah Installation

2011  Quotidian and Quixotic Gallery, Alstonville NSW, Group Exhibition

2010  Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore NSW, NPWS Aboriginal art Award Exhibition

2010  Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, NSW, Caldera Art award Exhibition

2010  Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Men’s Business

2009  Nimbin Art & Craft Cultural Centre, Group Exhibition

Solo Exhibitions

2010  3Rivers Aboriginal Art Space, Lismore NSW, Living Lore

Awards and Residencies

2012  Bangalow Primary School, Bangalow NSW, Artist in Schools, 20 week   Artist Residency

2011  NPWS Aboriginal Art Award, Rhoda Roberts Encouragement Award

2010  NPWS Aboriginal Art Award, Peoples Choice Award

Mabel Ritchie

Burnt Bridge Mission Exhibition

Mabel Ritchie is a Dunghutti woman who grew up at Burnt Bridge Mission as a child. Mabel has some difficulty with communication and struggles to make herself understood, however through her painting she speaks volumes.

Mabel’s works explore childhood memories of growing up on the mission.

Her work is exhilarating and honest as she uses a variety of techniques building up surface design with line and texture through applications of bold colours.

Mabel has been painting since 2009 at a Disability Workshop known as ‘Living Skills’ and now enjoys telling her own stories through her artwork.

Mabel has been involved in Exhibitions as follows:


Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art GallerySaltwater Freshwater Festival

Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize – Newcastle

30 x 30       Exhibitions DNAAG

Crescent Head Art Prize 3rd


International Indigenous Women’s Day Exhibition DNAAG

Sydney Opera House, Jabidi Silk Canvas Launch

Naidoc Week Exhibition at Gladstone MV Gallery

Burnt Bridge Exhibition


Kempsey Art Prize

International Indigenous Women’s Day Exhibition DNAAG

Naidoc Week Exhibition DNAAG

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre

Solo Exhibition DNAAG

Recipient Delineate Don’tDISMyAbility

Display at launch of Don’tDISMyAbility


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

Melissa Craig "Jingalu"

Melissa Craig "Jingalu"Jingalu traces her Aboriginal heritage to the Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl people in northern NSW. She draws inspiration from her personal and family experiences as well as the over all history of Aboriginal Australia. Her work includes canvas, ceramics, cards, prints, labels and clothing.

“20 years I have been doing art. I left school when I was 17 and got into a fine arts course in Cairns.

I got home sick and returned home & started up my own Batik business. When I fell pregnant with my first child I sold my business and I bought paints. I had a lot of support from Bronwyn Bancroft who mentored me and was instrumental in my arts practice and I had my 1st solo in 1994 at Rose Bay at the Rainbow serpent.

I went to America 1 year after that and had a couple of solo exhibitions. Guest speaker at Colorado world conference. I have licensed my artwork on several products with companies.

I think I have my own style… I am inspired by water and coastal scenes. My heritage and stories.”


Murray Belford

Murray Belford is a  PITTA-PITTA man from the Channel Country surrounding the Boulia district in South West Queensland. He has a dramatic contemporary style, painting artworks from story’s that have been passed onto by his family. “Country” comes alive in all seasons and his paintings offer bright and vivid interpretations of our fauna and flora.

Murray BelfordMurray says” I paint to keep our history and culture alive so that I can pass on the knowledge that has been passed on to me by my family to our next generation. My paintings reflect my personal journey in finding my Grandmothers family and my connection to my people and my country, our people where granted Native Title on the 28th August 2012.


Noel Kenneth Caldwell

Noel Kenneth CaldwellKnown to most people as “Charlie”, Noel was born in Casino in 1973. Hi is Bundjalung on his fathers side and Githibul on his mothers line. Charlie is related to a huge family within the Bundjalung nation. He has been painting for over 20 years.

Charlie works at the Jambama Aboriginal studio and gallery in Casino. He is the teacher and mentor for young people who frequent the gallery. He has worked fro ACE college as an art teacher at the Balunda Correctional facility. Charlie is a gentle man with natural ability to relate to young people.

Charlie is and excellent painter who continuously explores new styles. He won the prestigious Bentley prize in 2013 and 2013. He is a man of outstanding character. He loves art, music and of course football.

Oral James Roberts

Oral James Roberts

Born 9/1 1960 at Cubawee Aboriginal Mission near Lismore NSW

Father: Cedric Roberts born in Lismore Widjabal

Mother: Agnes Jarrett born in Tweed Heads Minanjali/Bundjalung

Grandparents: Aubrey (Oral Senior) Roberts and caroline Roberts Widjabal/Wahrlabal

Oral is third generation Widjabal (Lismore) clan.

Oral was born on the Cubawee Mission and lived there for the first 2 years of his life.

The Mission was a safe place with strong family connection to all the Bundjalung communities along the North Coast of New South Wales and the teachings of Reverend Frank Roberts. Cubawee had a first Aboriginal School on the North Coast. His parents moved from Cubawee to Goonellabah where they lived the rest of their lives.

His Grandparents moved from Cubawee to Evans Heads in 1961, he visited there many times as a child which gave him a sense of place. He moved from Lismore in 2000 to live in Evans head he lived there until 2014, he now resides at Ocean Shores.

Orals works reflect his close connection to the Bundjalung land and culture. His painting express his strong connection to the spirit and the bush, scrub where many of the bird species and animals he paints are native. His outstanding work continually evolves.