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Bush Babies Exhibition coming to Perth

Jun 17, 2014 -- Posted by : admin

The strength and resilience of Noongar Elders from across the Wheatbelt will be celebrated in two exhibitions in the Perth Cultural Centre during NAIDOC Week.

The Bush Babies Honouring Our Elders Portrait exhibition will be showcased at the WA Museum and the State Library of WA from Sunday 6 July. 

The 16 Elders who have been immortalised on canvas are part of CAN WA’s Bush Babies community arts project, which aims to capture the unique stories of the Noongar babies who were born in the bush, reserves, missions or fringes of towns.

At the heart of this exhibition is Hazel Winmar, who is believed to be the oldest Noongar person alive.  Affectionately known as 'Nana Purple' she will celebrate her 100th birthday the week before the exhibition opens. 

Artist Graham Smith inspired the Elders portrait project when he saw a Bush Babies photo of Hazel Winmar and felt compelled to paint her.

The exhibition features 18 portrait paintings and 14 portrait photographs of Noongar elders from Narrogin, Katanning, Kellerberrin and Quairading.

The exhibition was featured on the State 7.30 Report.

You can view the story here:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-13/was-oldest-known-living-noongar-elder-celebrates-a/5523610

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