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Saturday, 16th December, 2017

Artist Clinton Kemp with handmade indigenous Dieri artworks from his new art gallery Amamya Mitha. PICTURE: Myles Burt Artist Clinton Kemp with handmade indigenous Dieri artworks from his new art gallery Amamya Mitha. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Local artist Clinton Kemp opened up his new indigenous art gallery Amanya Mitha last Thursday.

Born in Broken Hill, Mr Kemp has created works stemming from his heritage and knowledge of the Dieri people of the Lake Eyre region of South Australia.

Mr Kemp was inspired to make and pursue art by his own artistic family.

“Mostly my Grandmother and my Father, who’d done it for years. Their drive to be artists pushed me as well.”

The opening night received a great reception from locals, with attendees looking over the traditional paintings, bull roarers, handmade jewellery, emu eggs, boomerangs and a highly-decorated turtle shell.

Mr Kemp says most were drawn to the traditional bowls on display.

“People loved the bowls, they’re usually the first thing to go from the floor.”

The art gallery Amanya Mitha means ‘Grandmothers Country’ in the Dieri language and aims to provide educational workshops for tourists, government programs and children, so that others can create a better understanding of their own heritage and indigenous culture.

Mr Kemp says that indigenous education is very important and encourages locals to get involved.

“Highly passionate about it. I believe that it’s something that all indigenous and non-indigenous kids should learn about.”

The Amanya Mitha art gallery is locate on the corner of Wills and Gypsum streets.

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