On Monday 8 July, to coincide with NAIDOC Week, the Nandjimadji and Murri Connection Art Exhibition officially opened. More than fifty guests attended the event which included artists, community organisations and key dignitaries from all over the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
The exhibition was held at the Beulah Gallery in Buderim and was introduced by Rob Cross, Suncare’s Community Engagement Manager. Lyndon Davis began with Welcome to Country and a captivating Didgeridoo performance. Following Lyndon, the Gifted Murri Unit (GMU) invited the audience to join in with a cultural dance performance.
Russell Mason, Chief Executive of Suncare acknowledged the traditional owners of the land and spoke about the connection between the art groups and Suncare. Inspirational Speaker and award-winning artist Jandamarra Cadd officially announced the exhibition open, before the guests made their way to the gallery to admire the art.
The Nandjimadji and Murri Connections Art Groups are a creative and supportive space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and their carers who are living with a mental illness or disability, or who are frail aged. Many of the exhibiting artists were there to talk about their stories and explain how their art has helped them to heal while maintaining their strong connection to spirit and culture.
The Beulah Gallery in Buderim was the perfect place to also showcase the work of the Beulah Community. Beulah promotes Indigenous reconciliation by organising events to educate non-indigenous people about the history of Australia’s First People.
A special thanks to Heather Johnston and Meredith Walker at the Beulah Gallery and Christina Fletcher, Suncare’s First People’s Cultural Lead, who went above and beyond to ensure the opening event was a success.
The exhibition is open throughout NAIDOC week 7-14 July and the art is available to purchase.
Beulah Gallery, 168 Lyndsey Road, Buderim.
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