Tyipen Kwe art on show

AN art exhibition by indigenous children's group Tyipen Kwe is currently showing at the Sir John Gorton Library in Kerang.

Libraries manager, Kerri Sidorow said the works by Tyipen Kwe include a variety of subjects and mediums.

"The exhibition has a lively, earthy feel and includes embossed plaques, sand paintings, sculpture and representations of the night sky," she said.

"One of the highlights of the exhibition is a painted ring tree."

Tyipen Kwe was developed in 2015 when a group of Kerang Elders led by Uncle Lloyd Murray indicated that there were children of primary school age who could benefit from a "homework club".

Northern District Community Health in partnership with the Kerang Elders trialed a program 'Tyipen Kwe', meaning Happy Friends. In 2016 with funding from Gannawarra Shire Council, Mallee District Aboriginal Services and Northern District Community Health the program was extended.

Northern District Community Health chief executive officer, Mandy Hutchinson said the program has had a great response from the community.

"The program continues to be all about building connection with Elders, families, community and culture," she said.

"In 2018 the children have been practicing their dances and creating artworks for this special exhibition."

A community celebration will be held at the Sir John Gorton Library for NADOIC Week on Monday, July 9 highlighting this year's NAIDOC Week theme "Because of her we can".

"During NAIDOC Week we look forward to celebrating our talented young artists and women," said Ms. Hutchinson. "These women will include Aunty Esther Kirby who was recently awarded an Order of Australia Medal as part of this year's Queen's Birthday Honours."

The Tyipen Kwe Art Exhibition will show in the art gallery at the Sir John Gorton Library until the end of July.

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