Insight into Aboriginal art

April 10, 2018

Kaiela Arts artwork titled Coil creation, 2015 by Eva Ponting.

Art writer, adjunct professor and consultant Susan McCulloch will speak on the evening.

Kaiela Arts’ first fundraising soiree for the year is on this month.

Run by the gallery’s friends’ group Yanha, everyone is welcome to enjoy a night of traditional food and indigenous art.

‘‘The night is really meant to be informative and entertaining at the same time,’’ Kaiela Arts art educator Rhonda Chrisanthou said.

‘‘If people don’t understand Aboriginal art, it will provide a good understanding of how it gained momentum and international importance.’’

Art writer Susan McCulloch will speak, exploring the role private collectors and public collections have played in the development of Australian Aboriginal art.

‘‘Susan is a well-known advocate for Aboriginal arts,’’ Ms Chrisanthou said.

‘‘She knows about the history of collecting in Australia and she can provide an understanding of why Aboriginal art is important.’’

Ten Kaiela artists will also present work for a silent auction, with money raised going to the gallery.

Ms Chrisanthou said the fundraiser would help raise the profile of the gallery, with the aim to be a viable entity in 2020 at the new Shepparton Art Museum.

Kaiela Arts recently started Yanha, meaning ‘‘walk with’’, with people able to join as a member, group, business or education institution.

‘‘We’d like to think the community is ready to get behind our local artists,’’ Ms Chrisanthou said.

‘‘We’d like the community to be part of Yanha ... and enjoy an evening of mingling and entertainment.’’

Kaiela Arts’ fundraising soiree is on Tuesday, April 24, from 6pm at The Connection, 7287 Midland Hwy, Shepparton. Tickets are $55 a person and can be booked through Eventbrite or Kaiela Arts on 58219842.

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