NuunaRon exhibition connects artists living with a disability

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To celebrate International Day of People with Disability, an exhibition of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living with disability will be on display at Novotel Twin Waters Resort from 9.30am-4pm on December 4-7.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Council was proud to support the NuunaRon exhibition through the Community Grants Program’s Cultural Development category.

“The First Peoples Disability Network received $3000 for the upcoming exhibition to assist with costs including workshops resources, lighting and exhibition set-up,” Cr McKay said.

“The funding is also a contribution to the opening ceremony which will include a Welcome to Country by Kabi Kabi Traditional Owner Aunty Hope O’Chin and a traditional dance and didgeridoo performance by Gifted Murri Unit (GMU) dancers.

“This projects aligns strongly with council’s Reconciliation Action Plan, which supports social and economic opportunities for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the Sunshine Coast”.

First Peoples Disability Network national training and resource development manager Uncle Paul Calcott said the artists in this powerful exhibition would use traditional symbols and highlight the ancient cultural practice of art and storytelling to share experiences and build resilience.

“The NuunaRon group provides a safe space for people to connect to culture and keep strong via yarning, painting and creating art,” Mr Calcott said.

“The exhibition will raise awareness for the wider community around traditional art and provides an opportunity for local Indigenous artists living with a disability to share their story and culture with others.”

Guided exhibition tours and art workshops will run daily from December 4-6.

Private group bookings are available on request. For all inquiries please email paulc@fpdn.org.au or phone 0414 466 775.

Applications for the next round of major grants in council’s Community Grants Program will open in February 2019.

For more information on the range of grants available through council, visit council’s website or discuss your project with a grants officer on 5420 8616.

Background

The name NuunaRon is used in memory of and out of respect for two Elders. Aunty Nuuna was a saltwater Noonuccal woman from Stradbroke and Uncle Ron was a Kamilaroi man. Both were beautiful artists who lived with disability, and made a valuable contribution by supporting others living with disability. Both have crossed over to the Dreaming and they are sadly missed by family and friends.

 
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