Cultural expression

By Liz Mellino

Traditional indigenous art will be on display next week as part of the Shepparton Library’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.

An annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and accomplishments, the exhibition will feature work from artists from The Cottage in Shepparton.

Shepparton Library community engagement officer Jessica Anderson said the artwork would be on display until the end of this month.

‘‘We recognise cultural instances that shape our community by celebrating events such as NAIDOC Week,’’ she said.

‘‘We want to have the art exhibition to engage with the local community and to contribute to the cultural, recreational and educational wellbeing of the community.’’

The library is hosting an exhibition launch today from 10.30am, with The Cottage artists there to talk about their work.

Guests will also be treated to a morning tea featuring some traditional indigenous flavours.

The Cottage’s Donna Venables said the residents were looking forward to having their artwork on display, which for some was their first attempt at completing work of the sort.

‘‘Joshua Simm, who is the manager at The Cottage, does Aboriginal art and he is going to have one of his works on display alongside the other work,’’ she said.

‘‘We started buying canvases and paint and it all just took off from there, it’s very exciting.’’

For more information about the free exhibition launch, call 1300 374 765 or email