Opportunity to see top Aboriginal Art

Paintings, silk and ceramic artworks by Indigenous artists Barbara Egan, Tommy Tomock and June Baxter go on display tonight at Stefano’s Gallery, 25 Deakin Avenue Mildura.

Miss Emily art exhibitionThe exhibition, sponsored by La Trobe University, opens at 6.30pm and runs until Thursday 4 December.

La Trobe University Mildura Campus Director, Kent Farrell, said the University was delighted to put its support behind this important exhibition by Miss Emily Aboriginal Art.

‘The Miss Emily Aboriginal Art studio, which has its origins on the banks of the Murray River at Robinvale, now has an international reputation and is one of the Mildura region’s great success stories,’ he said.

Run by Barbara Egan, one of the original Robinvale artists, and named after her late sister, the studio grew out of an Australian Government funded Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) making hand-dyed silk scarves.

It now produces a wide range of work including silks, paintings and ceramics. Each article is handcrafted by local Indigenous artists and combines modern materials with traditional techniques taught by Aboriginal Elders.

Miss Emily has sales outlets throughout Australia and its work has been shown at international exhibitions in New York and Toronto. The organisation won a Telstra business award and has been featured on the ABC television show Message Stick.

Exhibition co-ordinator, Adrian Webster, said the exhibition represented more than a stylised reproduction of typical Indigenous art. 

‘Miss Emily Aboriginal Art applies traditional techniques to new materials with an emphasis on ensuring relevance and functionality as well as beauty. The work on display represents a bridge between traditional Indigenous art and the modern world.’

Contact: Kent Farrell, Tel: 5051 4000 or Email: k.farrell@latrobe.edu.au.

La Trobe University Mildura currently has eight Aboriginal students, in arts, education and business, and plans to enrol an additional five next year. It employs an Indigenous Support Officer and provides Alternative Category Entry for local Indigenous students. For information Tel: 50514000 or email the University’s Office of Indigenous Education: indigenous_enquiries@latrobe.edu.au

The University is also a signatory to the Mildura HOPE (Hope, Opportunity, Purpose, Employment and Education) Shared Responsibility Agreement, which fosters sport for young Indigenous people in the Mildura area as well as other services and agencies.  Regional Social Work School Co-ordinator, Ms Paula Bruce, is a member of the HOPE program and has lent her support to the Miss Emily Aboriginal Art Exhibition.