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City of Greater Bendigo, Media Release, 27 November 2022

A dedicated and permanent First Nations gallery, Djaa Djuwima, has officially opened at the Bendigo Visitor Centre with its first exhibition.

Gurangarr Dja Dja Wurrung Djayi (you are on/in Dja Dja Wurrung Country) brings together stunning works from 20 First Nations artists and celebrates their connections to Country.

Djaa Djuwima means to ‘show, share Country’ in Dja Dja Wurrung language. The gallery is a safe place for First Nations artists to explore cultural expression, identity, heritage and connection.

A priority action in the Greater CREATIVE Bendigo Strategy was to address the underrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and their culture in Greater Bendigo.

As well as presenting three curated exhibitions each year, Djaa Djuwima will also encourage new creative opportunities, new networks and professional development for First Nations creatives who are seeking to build their businesses.

The gallery will be a prominent platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, customs and stories.

Bendigo Visitor Centre is located at 51-67 Pall Mall. The exhibition is open every day until Tuesday February 28, 2023 (except Christmas Day).

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