Healing Ngunnawal Country exhibition

Healing Ngunnawal Country: An open photographic exhibition

View these works in person at NAIDOC in the North: Saturday 30 October, 10:30-2:30 at Exhibition Park in Canberra

Ngunnawal Country is full of beauty and wonder, from the granite outcrops and sacred places of Tidbinbilla to the grassy woodlands of Mulligan’s Flat, to our very own backyards.

Ngunnawal people, along with other Aboriginal nations who have a strong connection to this place, have been taking care of this country for over 65,000 years. They have been keeping the balance, protecting ecosystems and nurturing connections between plants, animals and humans. Colonialism has damaged many of these connections, but now, all of us who live on Ngunnawal Country share the responsibility to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to take care of this place we call our home, and to heal country together.

Healing Ngunnawal Country features works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to honour the NAIDOC week theme ‘Heal Country’, NAIDOC in the North 2021 will present the photographic exhibition Healing Ngunnawal Country. Artists were asked to share images they have taken on Ngunnawal Country, which inspire others to pause and reflect on the beauty of this place and the part they can play in protecting it.

Juried Winners – judged by Aunty Caroline Hughes, Duncan Smith and Lee-Anne Daley and Sponsored by Communtities@work

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Open ($500 cash prize): Julie Oakley – Reaching In

Highly Commended: Malyan Gilbert – Rolling Hills in the Winter Chills, Jessika Spencer – Collection

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Under 12 (Family Questacon Pass): Millie Robertson – We Live, Work and Play on Ngunnawal Country

Supporter Open ($250 Prize): Sarah Davies – Lichen Mouths

Highly Commended: Nikki van Buuren – Tidbinbilla Fungi, Pam Rooney – Wrinkles and Hollows, Jenny Tomkins – City Nestled in an Ancient Landscape

Supporter Under 12 (Family Questacon Pass): Bridie Carder – The Experience of New Life

Highly Commended: Leo Reddick – Mini Cave

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entries

Supporter Entries

Healing Ngunnawal Country is presented as part of NAIDOC in the North which is created in partnership by Belco Arts through the Gungahlin Arts program, ACT Child and Family Centres, ACT Education Directorate, Libraries ACT and Communties@Work. It is supported by the ACT Government, Icon Water and Ginninderry.