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Aboriginal art in Eurobodalla

Walawaani welcome project

Eurobodalla Shire Council has worked in partnership with local Aboriginal artists to develop a professional licence agreement to display their artwork on 15 Council entrance ways. The project will see five artworks repeated three times on prominent Council doorways with the words 'Walawaani', which means welcome and have a safe journey in Dhurga language.

This project acknowledges the traditional land owners, their language and gives local Aboriginal artists a unique opportunity to showcase their work. Some of the artwork seen in this project was created by amateur artists who have never had their work publicly exhibited.

Featured artists

Allison Walker

  • Traditional Country: Yuin
  • Artwork: Birrima
  • Story: Mother, beauty and her babies

Photograph of artist Allison Walker and her artwork 'Berrima

Bronwen Smith

  • Traditional Country: Yuin
  • Artwork: Stingray

Artist Brownen Smith and her artwork 'Stingray

Jodie-Rose Cotter

  • Traditional Country: Kurnai
  • Artwork: Black Swan
  • Story: Black swans are well known within the Yuin Nation and are seen in all our waterways.

Photograph of artwork titled 'Black swan' by Jodie-Rose Cotter

Reece Ladmore

  • Traditional Country: Yuin
  • Artwork: Blue turtle swimming in the current

Artwork by Reece Ladmore titled 'Blue turtle swimming in the current

Sonya Naylor

  • Traditional Country: Yuin
  • Artwork: Frog Dreaming

Artwork by Sonya Naylor titled 'Frog Dreaming

This project was modeled on the South East Arts SWELL Project; Walawaani Welcome signage, which was rolled out in partnership with Southern NSW Local Health District and local Aboriginal artists in 2018.

Yuin Country: Art and Land Revealed 2018 exhibition

In 2018 Eurobodalla Shire Council, in partnership with the Gulaga Board of Management, hosted the Yuin Country: Art and Land Revealed exhibition.

The exhibition was a celebration of local Aboriginal art, music and culture and was a symbol of Council's ongoing commitment to reconciliation and partnership with Australia's First Nation peoples.

The exhibition featured selected works by local Aboriginal artists which were shown during Reconciliation Week. A digital sequence of the artworks was also projected onto the front of Council Chambers. The animation was created by digital artist Scott Baker.

Yuin Country 2018 exhibition opening

Local film maker Isabel Darling created a short film documenting the opening night of the exhibition.

More information

For more information please contact Zoe Morgan, Coordinator Community Development and Youth: