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Aboriginal art in NSW

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If you love Aboriginal art and are keen to take home a piece of your own, make sure you find out where to buy authentic Aboriginal art. It's widely available at public and commercial art galleries in Sydney and at various locations around New South Wales. The choice is endless - from dot paintings to paintings on bark, contemporary art and sculptures made from hand-dyed, desert grasses.

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Thousands of years of inspiration

For many thousands of years, the extraordinary landscape, plants and animals of the Outback have inspired countless Aboriginal artists, who have left their anonymous works inscribed on rocks and cave walls. Today, you can still see authentic Aboriginal art in national parks and reserves as well as in galleries in Outback NSW towns including Lightning Ridge and Broken Hill.

Outback Art near Newcastle shows work by Aboriginal artists from the Central Desert and Arnhem Land regions of the Northern Territory.  They include some of the biggest names in the Aboriginal art world right now - Clifford Possum, Dr George Tjapaltjari, Lindsay Bird and Gloria Petyarre.

Niche galleries specialising in different Aboriginal art styles are also becoming more popular. Euraba Paper Company in northern NSW, for instance, sells beautiful works on paper by Aboriginal artists who also make their own paper while, at Mehi Murri Art Studio in Moree, you can buy direct from the artist who’ll tell you the story behind the piece.

Many smaller private galleries also offer authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences.  At Laddie Timbery’s Aboriginal Art and Crafts in Huskisson on the South Coast, you can buy from a wide range of art and artefacts. Laddie is a respected Koori elder from the Eora Nation who belongs to the Dharawal language group which spans from Sydney to Jervis Bay. Laddie and his family make the traditional returning boomerang, made from mangrove trees, as well as exquisite shell work.

Broken Hill

Sculpture Park, Living Desert

At Broken Hill, in the heart of Outback NSW, don't miss the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, the oldest regional gallery in New South Wales, founded in 1904. Located in an historic emporium building, it has a fine collection of Australian, Aboriginal and European art dating back to 1867 with a changing program of exhibitions including local Aboriginal artists from Broken Hill and Wilcannia such as Badger Bates.

Moree and Armidale

Murals adorn bridge pylons in Dubbo, Country NSW. Image Gecko Photographics

Moree, in far-western NSW is home to the Moree Plains Gallery which focusses on the diverse art of the Aboriginal people of the Black Soil Plains, the Kamilaroi people of Moree. In recent years the Kamilaroi people have developed their skills in painting and have a unique style of art that varies greatly from other language groups. Major artists include Jim Stanley, Margaret Adams and Lawrence Leslie. At the Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre, you’ll see, and be able to buy, contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art.  The gallery has one of the most extensive Aboriginal art collections in regional New South Wales.

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