Koori artists kept busy
BEN Pritchard is pretty busy at the moment.
Not only will he be the Arts Mid North Coast 'Artist of the Month' later this year, but he and his friends at the Junuy's Youth Business Enterprise are also preparing for the Sydney 2006 Affordable Art Show in June.
"It's all really cool," Ben said.
"But I have to do a load of paintings ? I have 12 pieces so far."
In the two years since the co-operative for young indigenous artists began in Bowraville, the group has gone from strength to strength.
They now have a gallery, open two days a week, where their work is displayed and regularly sold, plus they have plans for the future.
Co-ordinator Julia Morrell said a recent Australia Council grant of $25,000 will help develop the art centre further and the Affordable Art Show is something big to work towards.
"We are very excited about the show in Sydney," Ms Morrell said.
"It gets about 20,000 visitors over the three days plus it is a fantastic opportunity for the group to see a huge range of art.
"We are currently developing a special range of jig- saw puzzles to display there."
Most of the artists are busy in the workshop every week now, developing their skills and their bodies of work.
Last week a German tourist bought one of Zane Pritchard's paintings.
"When I first started I was not so confident, but now I play with the paintings and colours and see what goes well," he said.