Ngaranggal Muruda (Women’s footprints) at the Bas

17 February 2021

A unique collection of art by female Aboriginal artists from around Australia will be on show at the Bas this month, and it’s not what you might expect.

Ngaranggal Muruda (Women’s footprints), features works specially curated for the Bas from the private art collection of Christina Kennedy, of Horse Island.

Eurobodalla Council’s creative arts coordinator Indi Carmichael said the mixed-media exhibition celebrated the strength and diversity of Aboriginal expression and culture.

“Quite often when we think of Aboriginal art we think desert - we forget Australia has snowy mountains, and rivers and rainforest - and of course the art reflects the country’s diversity,” she said.

“This special collection really shows off the breadth of talent and range of materials, colours and textures Aboriginal art has to offer.”

There are names locals may be familiar with, including Eurobodalla’s own Cheryl Davison, while others are lesser-known. Beautiful storytelling, and connection to ancestry and Country, are things they all have in common.

“There are beautiful large-scale pieces, as well as smaller pieces and those utilising a range of materials – from bark and weaving to an exquisite sculptural echidna with quills,” Ms Carmichael said.

“People will be surprised and delighted by the diversity.”

Ngaranggal Muruda (Women’s footprints) opens at the Bas Friday 19 February, 5.30-7.30pm, continuing during opening hours until Sunday 28 March.

A panel discussion will be held Saturday 20 February, 11am to 12pm, as part of the public program.

The Bas is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm, at the corner of Vulcan and Campbell Streets, Moruya.