Art represents Indigenous culture

Have you seen the beautiful new Indigenous art poles across the Macleay Valley Coast?

The Dhanggati Wiriiyn Yapang (Dunghutti Story Trail) has been an ongoing project since July 2017 and has seen Council work with local artists and groups to create a series of cultural art poles as well as a landmark sculpture in Bellbrook CWA Park titled ‘Wupu Manhatinum’ (Travelling Star).

The project team includes artists, Richard Campbell, Elwyn Toby and Malcolm Dickson with assistance from artist Guy Crosley, Caroline Bradshaw, local primary and high schools and Kempsey Family Support Services.

Two poles have already been installed at Bellbrook, with a mosaic sculpture similar to the one at the Yarriabini National Park, currently being created. The sculpture will depict the landscapes and wildlife that are culturally significant to the Dunghutti people.

Council welcomes community members to come along and help the artists create the mosaic any day from today Monday, June 25 through to Friday, June 29 between 10am and 3pm.

Art poles were recently installed at Boorongen Djugun College in West Kempsey and the Kempsey District Hospital with more to be installed at South West Rocks, Services Park Playground, Wigay park and Cochrane Street Playground.

Other recent art projects have included the installation of some colourful flags along Smith St, Kempsey which were designed by local Dunghutti artist Stephen McLeod for Reconciliation Week.

In the coming weeks, some new flags, designed by local artist Kyara Fernando will be installed as part of local NAIDOC Week celebrations.