‘Our Stories’ in Art


Artist Brian Smith (centre) loves sharing knowledge, art and culture with young kids. Brian is pictured with Jaszanna Smith, daughter Bindi Smith and Jakydah Gibbs at the Aboriginal Art Gallery in Oxley Street Bourke. Photo TWH


Outback Arts celebrated NAIDOC Week 2021 by premiering the Living Arts and Culture project ‘Our Stories’, featuring Bourke’s legendary Aboriginal Artist, Brian Smith.

And the Outback Arts staff celebrated NAIDOC Week by posting a feature artist on their social media pages each morning.

With COVID risks meaning many NAIDOC events were postponed, Outback Arts online launch, was a special way to reflect on the 2021 theme ‘Heal Country’.

Communications Coordinator Maddi Ward said the launch of ‘Our Stories’ online coincided perfectly with NAIDOC week.

“Our Stories delves into the artistic and cultural practices of nine Aboriginal artists, identifying how their artwork and cultural practices are inspired by the landscape and how their work connects with Country.

“Country is more than a place it is inherent to the identity of Aboriginal people and the ‘Heal Country’ theme for NAIDOC Week, fitted perfectly with the launch of the project,” Ms Ward said.

Andrew Hull, Artist and Videographer of ‘Our Stories’ has worked tirelessly to produce the heart-moving films.

Andrew has been involved with the project for twelve months and has been part of the bigger Living Arts and Culture project, for about three years.

“The project takes in the Outback Arts region including Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Nyngan, Coonamble, and Warren.

“This is a culmination of the original project; a small number of profiles of the aboriginal artists at the gallery in Bourke, that grew and became profiles for aboriginal artists right around the region.

“We then created the template platform, the Living Arts and Culture website, and have been promoting that.

“That then evolved into six films that dig a bit deeper into the stories of some of the artists.


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