First Australians show off their culture

THE See Change Winter Arts Festival will celebrate indigenous culture this weekend.

Arnhem Land artist and performer Gambirra will join local artist Andrew ‘Harv’ Harvey for what promises to be a special series of events in Tomerong.

Gambirra has an extensive exhibition with Mr Harvey and others at his beautiful river stone and wood house at Tomerong.

Gambirra is a Yolngu person from the Gumatj clan.

Mr Harvey told her about the Bay and Basin Art Group’s See Change festival.

“The Harvey family holds a special place in our hearts and our friendship goes back 16 years,” Gambirra said.

“I believe Harv and I share a common ground – creatively and spiritually.

“Our works explore mythology, cosmology, nature and sustainability.”

Gambirra’s inspiration is the immense beauty of her country.

She finds people’s stories inspiring.

The Gambirra Band is another passion.

“Creating music and painting is a spiritual and philosophical experience for me,” she said.

“I appreciate listening to music from around the world and hearing different languages, instruments and rhythms.

“My own songs are inspired by thoughts of inclusion, acceptance, equality, justice, peace and love.”

She described her music as progressive soulful roots with elements of funk, reggae and dub.

SOULFUL: Arnhem Land artist and performer Gambirra will play in Tomerong tomorrow and run a women’s painting workshop on Sunday.

SOULFUL: Arnhem Land artist and performer Gambirra will play in Tomerong tomorrow and run a women’s painting workshop on Sunday.

On Saturday at 8pm, Mr Harvey will host a concert at which The Gambirra Band will play. 

On Sunday, Gambirra will run a women’s painting workshop – bookings are essential (call 4443 4985 or 0458 434 985).

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