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Local indigenous exhibition opens

Friday, 23rd July, 2010

* Regional Art Gallery trainee Anthony Hayward with a work by Muriel Riley from tonight's exhibition. * Regional Art Gallery trainee Anthony Hayward with a work by Muriel Riley from tonight's exhibition.

An new exhibition of works by Aboriginal artists will open tonight.

Muriel Riley, Fiona Bates and Phillip Bates have all contributed works to the show which will be opened by Maureen O'Donnell at the Regional Art Gallery at 6pm.
Muriel Riley is a Barkanji woman and member of the "stolen generation". Born in Wilcannia, she was sent to Sydney when she was 18 but hitchhiked her way back home using an old photograph of the Wilcannia bridge to get directions.
She took up painting in 2006 and in 2009 won the open section of the Far West Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Prize at the Regional Art Gallery.
Ms Riley specialises in landscape paintings, focusing on places of historical and cultural significance to her life.
Phillip Bates was born in Wilcannia and grew up in Western NSW. He has developed a personal style based on his people's traditional imagery and style.
Several of his works use coloured sand to add texture and dimension. They will be displayed alongside works from Fiona Bates who is a late addition to the exhibition.
A community art work will also be on show tonight. As part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations, two simple canvasses have been transformed into a work that reflects the community spirit of the celebrations.
The canvases and paint were provided to the NAIDOC Week committee to give participants at the annual Family Fun Day the chance to create a piece of community-owned art that would stand as a reminder of the 2010 event.
The exhibition coincides with the opening of the Outback Art Prize and the announcement of the winner.

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