Aboriginal artworks on trail display

GATEWAY: Through Wupa, many of the artists receive materials, resources and exposure to an audience that they normally wouldn’t be able to attract individually. Pictures: Jeremy Ninness of Ninness Imagery
GATEWAY: Through Wupa, many of the artists receive materials, resources and exposure to an audience that they normally wouldn’t be able to attract individually. Pictures: Jeremy Ninness of Ninness Imagery

The annual Wupa@Wanaruah art exhibition is back again this year taking tourists and Hunter Valley locals on an Aboriginal art trail experience across six venues in the popular Pokolbin wine region.

The free exhibition, being held from  November 11,2017  to  May 31, 2018, is organised by the Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation, a not-for-profit organisation run to benefit local Aboriginal people.

WINDOW: WUPA@Wanaruah provides visitors to the Hunter Wine region the opportunity to experience firsthand the cultural heritage of the traditional owners.

WINDOW: WUPA@Wanaruah provides visitors to the Hunter Wine region the opportunity to experience firsthand the cultural heritage of the traditional owners.

This year the  exhibition is showcasing more than 100 pieces of contemporary and traditional artwork produced by 14 experienced and emerging Aboriginal artists from the Hunter Valley and surrounding areas.

TESTIMONY: The festival is a display of local Aboriginal lives, their history and the richness of their cultural reflecting their heritage and their values.

TESTIMONY: The festival is a display of local Aboriginal lives, their history and the richness of their cultural reflecting their heritage and their values.

Sponsored by Glencore, Mach Energy and other industries, Wupa@Wanaruah not only provides an insight into the rich and vibrant culture of local Aboriginal people but it is significantly enabling   local artists to become more commercially viable.

Through Wupa, many of the artists receive materials and resources to produce their artwork, exposure to an audience that they normally wouldn’t be able to attract individually, and the chance to develop career pathways and contacts on a local through to international scale.

TESTIMONY: The festival is a display of local Aboriginal lives, their history and the richness of their cultural reflecting their heritage and their values.

TESTIMONY: The festival is a display of local Aboriginal lives, their history and the richness of their cultural reflecting their heritage and their values.

It is also an opportunity for visitors to experience the lives of Aboriginal elders firsthand.

For more information about the WUPA Aboriginal Art Trail for 2017 visit www.wupatwanaruah.com.au.

If you would like to know more about Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation and the  services offered  in  health, dental, employment and training,  small business and economic development, and youth support programs, visit www.ungooroo.com.au.