Oct 06 2022 - Feb 06 2023




Kaiela Arts
(03) 5821 9842


Kaiela Arts
530 Wyndham St, Shepparton VIC 3630

Who We Are Exhibition

Who We Are Exhibition

Who We Are Exhibition

Who We Are Exhibition

We see through the eyes of our Yenbena, Yakapna & Woka.
Our language connects us to a timeless place, where the past, present & future are all one. Who we are is born of our Woka; wala; yurratha; and everything in between that our Yenbena, yakapna & woonghi have yarned, sung, and danced around our wulumbarra since time immemorial!
It gives us our nanyak and nurtures our connections to enrich our spirit, our hearts and our minds. This is ‘Who We Are’…

Belinda Briggs, Yorta Yorta & Wemba Wemba, Kaiela Arts Deputy Chairperson

Kaiela Arts is proud to announce our first public exhibition in over a year, celebrating Who we are with a collection of works from First Nations artists with deep connections to Yorta Yorta country. Curated by Lyn Thorpe and Belinda Briggs, Who we are will revitalise, strengthen and re-connect community, and set the foundation for a new era, bringing to life inspiring plans and exhibitions that nurture, sustain and celebrate our identities.

The exhibition features a series of screen-printed works using natural pigments drawn from country, created by Spacecraft Studios in collaboration with Yorta Yorta artists Cynthia Hardie, Jack Anselmi and Lyn Thorpe. Also featured are works made with paint, print, wood, fibre and skin, by artists Eva Ponting, Brett Wilson, Dylan Charles, Tori Day, Tahnee Day, Frances Nicholson, Glennys Briggs, Dixon Patten Jnr, Dixon Patten Snr, Monica Phillips, Tammy Atkinson, Suzanne Atkinson, Tiarne Hall and more.

Curator & creative Lyn Thorpe says, ‘Who We are & Where we come from’ (Nanyak) innately nurtures the heart of our cultural arts practices & protocols. Nanyak embeds continuity of our Ancestral stories & intersects strongly with People & Country. Our Nanyak, ways of knowing, being, seeing & doing in essence represents multiple generations of our Aboriginal continuum. Who We Are, strongly represents Nanyak & is symbolic in the works from a selection of our cross-generational artists, their diverse knowledges & styles, mediums & approaches in the creation of each of their works.

All are welcome to celebrate with us as we launch Who we are on Thursday 6 October 6pm – 8pm at Kaiela Arts. RSVP online by the 3rd of October to attend.

Exhibition launch: Thursday 6 October 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition dates: Thursday 6 October 2022 – Monday 6 February 2023
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm
Address: Ground Floor, 530 Wyndham St, Shepparton (in the SAM building)

For more information: call 03 5821 9842 or email

Supported by:
Creative Victoria, Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Strategy, Greater Shepparton City Council, Spacecraft Studio

Who We Are exhibition detail with feature artwork by Cynthia Hardie ‘Memories Through Bark #1

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