The Shoalhaven Regional Gallery recently announced it commissioned three local artists to create new artworks for the upcoming exhibition 'the TERRA within.'
Noel Wellington will create a modern carved shield, drawing on his family and cultural history of making shields for battle and protection.
As a traditional custodian within the Yuin Nation and the Jerringa Wandi-Wandian Clan of the South Coast People of NSW, Noel's work reflects his Aboriginal Ancestral history and draws on images of storytelling and cultural practices from this area.
Kirli Saunders's work 'Re-gentrification' speaks to the respectful return of First Nations people as residents and home-owners on Dharawal land.
Envisioned during renovations of a Port Kembla Cottage, this work pays homage to the original inhabitants who cared for the land and repeatedly fought government occupation.
Jaz Corr is a Dhawaral woman that resides in Kiama.
Her work 'The Terra Within: A True Australian flag' will illustrate the ignored history of Aboriginal people embedded into Australian culture.
It is designed to provoke thought on the desecration of Aboriginal culture, country and people.
The commissions have been made possible thanks to the Gibbon Foundation.
The exhibition is curated by Warwick Keen and will open on Saturday October 10.