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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.

Karla Dickens


Karla Dickens, Wiradjuri painter, was born in Sydney in 1967. Dickens enrolled in Life Drawing classes at high school where the female form was her main subject matter. She began her formal training as an artist when she enrolled at the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney in 1991, obtaining a Fine Arts Diploma in 1993 and a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2000.

After moving to Wollombi in the Hunter Valley, NSW Dickens says her work became “more detailed with a stronger Indigenous feel.” She also says that her work at this time was about finding “more acceptance with my sexuality”. Following the death of a close friend in 1997 crosses began appearing as motifs within her paintings and in 2000 Dickens began incorporating text into her work. Her work in 2003 changed dramatically when Dickens began beading onto painted canvasses, a strong contrast of fresh mark making and fine textured detail. Her inspirations as stated in a 2007 interview with the author are “politics, love, sex and the environment”.

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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.

Kim Healey

 

Kim Healey is an Indigenous Artist and is a direct descendant of the Gumbaynggir and Bundjalung nations. Working and creating out of her small studio cottage on the coastlines of the Clarence Valley, Kim continues to engage and capture her audience using a contemporary palate and modern design within the Graphic Design field of practice illustrating her connection to country and sharing her family's history and stories.

Kim has evolved throughout her career starting in forms of print/media works on paper to recycling metal and creating three dimensional sculptural work. Kim much later in her career started her Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at Southern Cross University. Kim has exhibited internationally and has been published.

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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”

Kylie Caldwel

Kylie Caldwell is an emerging Bundjalung artist, seeking to soak up the knowledge and wisdom from Bundjalung Jargoon (country). Kylie’s works explores contemporary and traditional Bundjalung culture and themes. Kylie utilizes various modes to deepen and expand her own cultural creative expression and knowledge.
Kylie is a multi-disciplinary artist, rediscovering and investigating ways to represent her cultural story through exploration of working with clay, weaving with fiber and painting with water colour.

Endurance, cultural adaptability and continuation are themes explored to promulgate Bundjalung ways of being, doing and seeing. By reviving, pursuing and adapting traditional cultural practices and customs that her ancestors have used over many thousands of years.

Leo Leeko Wright

A Dunghutti veteran Leo Wright, or LEEKO as he is known to many, is a self-taught artist. He has done Aboriginal art for many years, starting in his childhood around the Bellbrook and Kempsey areas of the New South Wales Mid-North Coast.

"My paintings are now in collections in Europe, Asia, Egypt (in the Cairo Museum), North America and even in the Vatican in Rome. The painting for Pope Benedict XVI for his August 2008 Australian Visit was well-accepted.
My inspiration for Traditional Aboriginal Art comes from wanting to express how Aboriginal people survived by living with and caring for one another in the communities of the past."

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.

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. Exploring 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 the environment and fighting for the protection of the land, water and sacred sites of Aboriginal Nations.