Baluk Arts

Nairm Djambana

Nairm Djambana is an exhibition of stencil works produced by Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Aboriginal artists in 2009, in workshops facilitated by Andrew Mac of Citylights-Until Never and coordinated by Baluk Arts and Frankston Arts Centre.

Art Exhibition previously on at Citylights Projects in Australia.
From Wednesday 06 October 2010 to Thursday 06 January 2011
Launch Wednesday 06 October 2010, 5.30 to 8pm

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Published by Andy Mac on Friday 01 October 2010.
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Baluk Artists developed the idea for the stencil project as a vehicle to express Indigenous connection to community, culture and place, using contemporary and traditional Indigenous techniques. The works incorporate ancient traditions of marking identity or mapping specific sites or stories.

This expression acknowledges and incorporates the dynamic relationship between the past, the present and the future, creating works of great vibrancy that celebrate aboriginal life as it has been, and as it is now.

In association with the exhibition at Citylights Projects, Baluk artists will also paint a collaborative ochre stencil wall in Hosier Lane on the 5th and 6th of October, and ochre stencil works on paper will be presented as Biik Land at Until Never.

Baluk Arts is a collective of urban Aboriginal artists from Frankston and Mornington Peninsula whose work reflects themes of identity in a contemporary cultural context. The artists are celebrating the first year of operation of their newly formed Victorian Aboriginal arts organisation with an exciting and successful workshop program, quality exhibitions and delivery of artist services.

Artists range from 10 to 62 years of age and are from diverse Aboriginal backgrounds. Family groups and members of the stolen generation have reconnected with their culture and express their histories through strong artistic practices to support their cultural and creative well being.

Baluk Arts encourages community development, youth leadership, participation and interaction, and Indigenous governance through innovative arts practice. Baluk Arts is building a long-term and sustainable future for Aboriginal people of Frankston & Mornington Peninsula. Baluk is a local Boonwurrung word meaning clan or extended family group.