Bendigo TAFE is incredibly proud to have launched the Nha Art Exhibition this week.
The exhibition, which will be held at the Echuca Campus, is being run by Bendigo TAFE’s Indigenous Education Centre and features artwork by students Stuart Hearn and Phillip Bell, from the Yorta Yorta Nation.
Honouring the traditional landowners of the area across Bendigo and Echuca which include the Djaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wollithiga people of the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Indigenous Education Centre merges the cultural heritage and values of these landowners with contemporary Aboriginal culture and strong networks with key Aboriginal organisations to ensure that our students are supported through their time with us.
This exhibition organisers, Bendigo TAFE students Stuart Hearn and Phillip Bell, are completing their Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts and are holding the exhibition as part of their course.
“We’ve had to postpone the exhibition due to COVID restrictions, and we have worked tirelessly to finally be able to share with Echuca these pieces,” Mr Hearn said.
“The artworks are a collection of our cultural history, our childhood history and events from past and present,” he said.
“People coming can expect a cultural experience of the arts and sculptures inspired by the Murray,” Phillip Bell said.
Bendigo TAFE CEO Sally Curtain said she was proud of the students, who have worked incredibly hard to get this exhibition off the ground.
“It’s been a challenging year for our students at Bendigo TAFE,” she said. “We
are delighted to come together and enjoy their fantastic artwork.”
“We are incredibly proud of our Indigenous Education Centre, and the important role it plays in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Bendigo TAFE,” Ms Curtain said.
The Nha Art Exhibition is available for viewing between 3-15 March at the Bendigo TAFE Echuca Campus.