About Us

Established in 2006, Kaiela Arts is an Aboriginal art centre located in Shepparton. We provide an important space for artists and the community to connect with art and culture. Our work drives important outcomes for both our artists and the broader Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community.

With a rich Indigenous heritage, the Kaiela Dungala (Goulburn Murray) region is home to many talented artists

Kaiela Arts represents more than 90 of those artists and helps to share and support their work. Artists receive training and mentoring at the centre, and the work of many artists has been exhibited around the State, in some cases winning prestigious awards.

We offer an accessible studio and social space for local artists to connect, create and share art. The centre is a welcoming environment for everyone to learn about Aboriginal cultural arts.

We are active in promoting the South Eastern Australian Aboriginal linear art styles, which is traditional to the Aboriginal peoples of the Kaiela-Dungala region.

Our Gallery and shop is a point of sale for the work of our artists, providing them with a channel to market their work, connect with their buyers and earn income. The gallery and shop provides locals and visitors with a place to acquire local Aboriginal art.

All artwork is produced locally by members of the Dungala Kaiela Aboriginal community and includes paintings, didgeridoos, woven baskets, woodwork, ceramics, clap sticks, boomerangs, jewellery, carved emu eggs and poker work and well as books, cards and textiles.

"Galnyatj"
Inspire, Learn, Create Art

The program promotes learning and understanding of south-east Australian Aboriginal arts, language, cultural heritage and identity through a visual art-based learning activities.

Professional Development

Kaiela Arts provides professional and skills development opportunities for more than fifty local Aboriginal member artists to develop careers as professional practicing artists.

Public
Workshops

Kaiela Arts offers a range of workshops to both Aboriginal artists and non-indigenous community members, to facilitate intercultural immersion and understanding.

Cultural Arts Information Sessions

Kaiela Arts provides Aboriginal cultural arts sessions to the general public once a month that offers information and familiarisation with the styles of South Eastern Australian Aboriginal art.

Our History

2006

Gallery Kaiela officially established

To address Indigenous underrepresentation in the Census, engagement officers, including Les Saunders, visit aboriginal homes and notice abundance of traditional art work that is unknown to community.

Artists are given the opportunity to display and sell art work in Shepparton CBD (SPPU building).

2006
2009

Gallery Kaiela becomes incorporated non-profit organisation

Local indigenous artist Clive Atkinson is hired to support gallery development, including designing the logo.

Gallery Kaiela gathers momentum (30 artists represented), the board is appointed and funding is secured to employ current Gallery Manager, Angie Russi.

2009
2012

Gallery Kaiela moves into standalone premises on High street

The Gallery not only acts as a point of sale for artists, but also offers an accessible studio and social space for local artists to connect, create and share art.

2012
2015

Gallery Kaiela rebrands as Kaiela Arts Shepparton

Discussions start with Shepparton Arts Museum (SAM) about sharing proposed brand-new location.

Artist representation grows to over 80 artists.

Kaiela Arts publishes the first of two books in Yorta Yorta language and begins experimenting with local charcoal print designs.

2015
2019

Kaiela Arts signs MOU with SAM

Kaiela Arts will remain autonomous but share new premises which is set to open in 2021. Parties collaborate on design.

Inception of Campfire concept –collaboration with Spacecraft to produce charcoal screen print designs and generate new income stream for the 90+ affiliated artists.

2019

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Meet our team

Angie Russi

Angie Russi

Manager

Mandy Saunders

Mandy Saunders

Assistant Manager

Eric Brown

Eric Brown

Curator

Rhonda

Rhonda Chrisanthou

Education Coordinator

Tammy

Tammy Atkinson

Project Coordinator

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