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Strong Women, Strong Painting, Strong Culture

Posted 26 April 2012 by (Hurstville News)

Hurstville City Museum & Gallery will be showcasing artwork from Australia’s central and western deserts at its Strong Women, Strong Painting, Strong Culture exhibition from Friday 4 May to Sunday 5 August 2012.

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon said the exhibition celebrates the achievements of female Aboriginal artists from across the central and western deserts of Australia.

“Originally developed to celebrate the Centenary of International Women’s Day at Cessnock Regional Gallery in 2011, Strong Women, Strong Painting, Strong Culture has already been displayed at Casula Powerhouse and Orange Regional Gallery,” he said.

“It is touring regional NSW over the next two years with the support of the Federal Government’s Visions of Australia funding.

“Strong Women, Strong Painting, Strong Culture is presented in partnership with Cessnock Regional Art Gallery and showcases paintings on canvas, batiks, soft sculpture, carving and etchings from more than 40 artists.

“These artworks reflect the strength, complexity and cultural richness of these Aboriginal women.

“Keeping the family strong, telling their stories and honouring their culture - their artwork is important to their community’s wellbeing.”

Mayor McMahon said the exhibition outlines the development of Aboriginal womens contemporary art making in the desert - from early dot painting in the 1980s to the striking multidimensional movement it is today.

“I encourage everyone to go and view these artworks and learn more about these women’s rich history, it is well worth it,” he said.

For more information, contact Hurstville City Museum & Gallery on 9330 6444 or visit


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