2021 Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award Winner

First prize went to an artist whose work resonates with the importance of truth telling for healing & cultural maintenance.  The 2021 Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal art award was awarded to Gus Kelly for his work titled NARRA DHALAYI – sad girl. His depiction of an Aboriginal child encompasses echoes of stolen generations, fear & loss…

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Aboriginal Art Award & Contemporary Cultural Objects

This biennial art award and contemporary cultural objects exhibition began in 2017, and continues to provide a valuable platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the Mid North Coast region. ‘2020 had a huge impact on the world and vastly changed the way we create & engage with the arts. This exhibition is…

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Weaving stories and culture

A Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance project supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW developing our regions weavers and showcasing the innovative and extraordinary creative Koori talent from the Mid North Coast of NSW. Saltwater Freshwater worked with 12 weavers from across the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Biripi and Worimi nations, supporting them to develop fibre art…

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Saltwater Freshwater Stories

Disclaimer: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned photographs/videos/recordings in this post may contain images of deceased persons which may cause sadness or distress. Listen to stories told by Elders from communities across the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Biripi and Worimi nations that make up the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance. “It is so important to record…

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Made Deadly

Made Deadly is an innovative music project aimed at unearthing and supporting Aboriginal talent on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Developed by the Saltwater Freshwater team in collaboration with music development organisation, Grow the Music, Made Deadly offers the opportunity for Aboriginal musicians and performers living in the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Biripi and Worimi communities…

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Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2019 Artist Interviews

As part of the 2019 Saltwater Freshwater Art Award we interviewed some of the incredible artists and asked them to share their thoughts on being part of this ground breaking exhibition.

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Ceramics Masterclass Series

With funding through the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund, Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance ran a series of ceramic masterclasses with Aboriginal artists from the Mid North Coast, primarily Wingham, Kempsey and a final gathering at Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Corindi.   Our regions artists had the opportunity to work with Aboriginal ceramic artist Penny Evans, supported…

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Men’s Culture Camp June 2019

In June 2019 Saltwater Freshwater ran a Men’s Culture Camp for Aboriginal men which was well attended and had a packed program. The Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance (SWFW) Aboriginal Men’s Culture Camp was made possible by funding support from the Department of Communication and the Arts through their Indigenous Languages and Arts funding.

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Women’s Culture Camp July 2019

In July 2019 Saltwater Freshwater ran a Women’s Culture Camp for Aboriginal women within our region. The Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance (SWFW) Aboriginal Women’s camp was made possible by funding support from the Department of Communication and the Arts through their Indigenous Languages and Arts funding. The Women’s Culture Camp started with a beautiful “Welcome…

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Saltwater Freshwater Festival 2020 announced!

A fresh approach to Australia Day across the MidCoast In a first for the region and a coup for the local community, the MidCoast will come together as one to celebrate Australia Day 2020 as part of the renowned Saltwater Freshwater Festival. MidCoast Council Mayor, David West today met with Saltwater Freshwater organisers to announce…

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