The Djaa Djuwima Gallery is hosting the 'Surviving and Thriving' exhibition from February 9 to April 26, showcasing a remarkable collection of artworks and artefacts by Indigenous creatives.
Approximately 25 First Nations artists, either earning, living, learning, or having a strong connection to Dja Dja Wurrung Country, have contributed their skills to this exceptional exhibition.
The display encompasses paintings, weaving, creative making, woodwork, and digital works.
Curator and Arts Officer First Nations and Yorta Yorta Woman, Janet Bromley, said the free exhibition enriches cultural experiences, promoting better understanding, recognition, and respect for the vibrant living culture of First Nations.
"I am very excited to announce the exhibition Surviving and Thriving with around 25 creatives and makers showcasing incredible works," Ms Bromley said.
"Djaa Djuwima provides a prominent platform to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, customs and stories not seen anywhere else, with each creative bringing their own unique style using traditional and contemporary methods.
"There will be plenty of colour and movement, and all the artists explain the inspiration behind the range of beautiful works on display in the exhibition including weaving, artworks, and woodwork."
The creatives featured in the exhibition range from 14 to 70 years old, with a special inclusion of the youngest artist exhibiting alongside her grandmother.
All exhibits in the Surviving and Thriving collection are available for purchase, presenting a unique chance to buy directly from First Nations artists without third-party involvement.
This direct purchase approach provides confidence to buyers, as they support the artists and their businesses directly.
This support is crucial for these creatives to earn a living and foster the development of their respective creative paths.