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Blak Markets launches art month on Bare Island

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The Blak Markets will host the inaugural art month at Bare Island, La Perouse in November 2017, featuring a new art exhibition,markets and hands-on workshops  which will be launched as part of the Blak Markets on Bare Island on Sunday, 5 November 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

The Blak Markets event will feature arts and craft from local stallholders, as well artwork from three remote Northern Territory Aboriginal art centres including Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation, Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation and Warlukurlangu Artists’ Aboriginal Corporation, who will also host a painting workshop with their painters.

The celebration launches Blak Markets’ first art exhibition entitled, Fire and Water – Warlukurlangu to Gadu, featuring artists connected to the Aboriginal community of La Perouse alongside artists from Warlukurlangu Artists’ Aboriginal Corporation. Curated by Lyndsay Urquhart, the exhibition will feature a variety of mediums from paintings to the shellwork of Marilyn Timbery and Marilyn Russell.

The day will be launched with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony and there will be a new dance performance inspired by the Fire and Water theme, choreographed and presented by Kerry Johnson and the local Aboriginal children of the community.

The Blak Markets, run by First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, will also be running a series of art workshops on Bare Island every Saturday throughout November 2017 for both paying customers and local Aboriginal community members.

First Hand Solutions CEO Peter Cooley, said: “The Blak Markets actually started out three years ago as workshops, taking on paying customers so we could pay our skilled Aboriginal artisans, and invite Aboriginal community members along to learn.

“It’s important for our youth to see there is a future in culture, and by being involved with these workshops and seeing the interest in our culture from visitors to our Blak Markets, we hope to light that fire in our young people and inspire them to want to learn about traditional art and crafts so the knowledge continues onto the next generation.”

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Source: Blak Markets

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