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.
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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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High quality artworks at affordable prices!
If you are looking to commission an artwork from one of our artists, please get in touch with the Gallery manager via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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