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Cultural Connections – Connecting Pride, Identity and Culture

19 May 2017

Cultural connections

Explore the strength, pride and skills of local Indigenous artists in an exhibition of traditional and contemporary artworks at the Maroondah Access Gallery.

Cultural Connections – an inspiring exhibition at the Maroondah Access Gallery by the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place Artists Collective – showcases the works of both individual and collaborative groups of artists including Aunty Irene Norman, Aunty Daphne Milward and one of the most exciting newcomers to hit the art scene, Amanda Wright.

Deputy Mayor Nora Lamont encouraged those with an interest in Indigenous visual arts and culture visit the exhibition, which is on until Friday 26 May.

“Council is a proud supporter of our local Indigenous community and this wonderful exhibition at Maroondah Access Gallery is one of the many great ways in which we are able to promote its rich history and contemporary culture,” Cr Lamont said.

She said the works reflected a number of diverse approaches to artmaking and cultural practices, highlighting the connection that exists between Indigenous community, pride, identity and culture.

cultural connectionsThese include:

  • Vividly coloured totemic paintings on canvas by Aunty Daphne –
    a strong Yorta Yorta woman and wonderful storyteller who possesses a strong sense of cultural connection.
  • Traditional weavings that incorporate feathers, language and flora by Aunty Irene – a passionate Wailwin Wiradjuri whose life’s journey and connection to culture has inspired her artistic expression.
  • Bold pop paintings by emerging artist Amanda Wright, whose art evokes the beauty, strength and connections to place brought about through her proud Indigenous ancestry.


In 2005, the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place was established to meet the needs of the Indigenous families and community members in the Eastern Metropolitan region.

Mullum Mullum has since evolved to establish itself as a centre for cultural activity, initiating groups such as the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place Choir and Hip Hop dancers.

Cultural Connections is on show until Friday 26 May at the Maroondah Access Gallery, Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood.

Further information

For more information on the exhibition, visit the Arts in Maroondah website or phone 9298 4545.

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