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Exhibition to showcase our emerging artists

Wednesday, 1st April, 2015

West Darling Arts Aboriginal Arts Officer Kathy Graham helps set up a large exhibition of Aboriginal artwork yesterday ahead of this evening’s opening. West Darling Arts Aboriginal Arts Officer Kathy Graham helps set up a large exhibition of Aboriginal artwork yesterday ahead of this evening’s opening.

By Erica Visser

For the next 10 days the Town Hall Facade will be adorned by Aboriginal works of art from emu eggs to boomerangs.

It will mark the largest ever exhibition and sale of Aboriginal works in Broken Hill, according to organiser Derrick Lindh.

Nine months ago the former teacher opened Aboriginal Arts and Crafts, a store situated across the road from the facade in Argent Street.

It provides an outlet for emerging Aboriginal artists to sell their pieces, with 75 per cent of each sale going to the artists and the remainder used for business expenses.

“It’s our first exhibition and it will feature a culmination of the art we’ve gathered in the last nine months,” Mr Lindh said yesterday.

“My reason for opening the shop was to give people somewhere to sell their art, so I decided an exhibition would be the perfect chance to display it, particularly over Easter and the school holidays.”

The public exhibition will open at 5pm tonight until 9pm and will be open every day from 10am until 5pm until April 11.

“We’ve got over 100 paintings and 200 other pieces all from emerging local artists, as well as some from (established artist) Badger Bates,” Mr Lindh said.

“One thing that we’re doing a bit differently is that if you buy a piece you can take it there and then, rather than wait until the exhibition is over.”

West Darling Arts Aboriginal Arts Officer Kathy Graham said that Mr Lindh’s business was the predominant outlet for local artists to pursue selling their work. 

“There were similar (opportunities) in dribs and drabs but no central point,” she said.

Light refreshments will be provided from 5pm tonight.

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