Koori art and culture on show

PIONEER Park and the museum will be the place to be on Saturday for the 2008 NAIDOC Week Art and Cultural Expo.

There will be NAIDOC events and activities from 10am and an Aboriginal art exhibition on show in the museum.

There will also be a basket weaving workshop at 10am with Aunty Marie Tarplee; an opening ceremony at 10.30am followed by a smoking ceremony, prayer, flag raising and poetry reading.

At 11am and 3pm there will be art workshops with artists Jenny Atkinson and Danielle Burford.

There will be a games workshop at noon with Glenny Naden and Gloria Mercy will conduct a dance workshop at 2pm.

From noon the performers will assemble for the talent quest and dance competition, with the barbecue lunch firing up at 12.30 and the welcome dance starting at 12.40pm.

The talent quest will begin at 1pm with Kempsey Hip Hop, followed by Kindy Tyalla at 1.20pm.

Yahri Jalay Dance Troupe will perform Hip Hop at 1.40pm and will be followed by Coffs Harbour 1 and 2.

The second round of the talent quest will begin at 2pm with the Grafton dancers performing at 2.20pm and Coffs Harbour 3 and 4 troupe at 2.35pm.

At 3pm the winners of the Hip Hop and Art awards will be announced and this will be followed by performances from Coffs Harbour Kindy and Orara High Boys.

Yahri Jalay Dance Troupe will perform traditional dance at 3.40pm, followed by Coffs Harbour 5 and 6 and the Orara High Girls.

The winners of the competition will be announced at 4.30pm.

The art exhibition in the Museum will remain on show until August 2.

The exhibition includes work by Alison Williams, Danielle Burford, Tony Hart, Kristy Naden, Jennifer Bennett, Leanne Williams and Jennifer Atkinson.

Among the paintings on show is a controversial work by Jenny Ellis Bennett which has rape as its subject.

The painting, which has a white woman with a black baby and a black woman with a white baby as the central motif, depicts the sexual assault of women from both black and white backgrounds, with the message there is no discrimination when it comes to rape.

The artist said the painting also shows how they can draw on the strength of the elder women of their community to get them through their sorrows and become strong again.

Other subjects include goannas, turtles, fish, Bogong moths, frogs, possums and spirit people.

An elegant ceramic jar, Dolphin Dreaming Jar by Jennifer Atkinson and a number of colourful ceramics by Tony Hart are included in the exhibition.

The Museum is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday and open 10am to 4pm other days.

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