November 16th, 2011
His Honour, Kingsley Newman was gracious in opening Indigenu Gallery on the 28th of February on the roof top at 131 Sturt Street among 75 guests on a hot but balmy evening. Kingsley began with traditional acknowledgement of country and took the opportunity to say some very nice things about the host. Hopefully it wasn’t too difficult for him. The group descended to the gallery where Kingsley cut red, yellow and black ribbons and declared the gallery open. A sense of pride was felt knowing that what had been envisioned for a number of years had finally come together. The guests, although somewhat packed in and a little hot, were primed and ready to purchase and there was quite a flutter with red dots dispersed with trays of Indigenous tastings and a bit of sparking. From the photos it appeared that people did have fun and that’s how I would like an Indigenu event to be remembered. It was also for supporting Indigenous families and bring their stories and culture in your homes. Artists, Priscilla Nagamarra – Escobar and Ben Miller proudly spoke with guests about their work, ideas and culture. Thankyou guys , you were fine ambassadors for the event. A complimentary door raffle formed part of the evening, drawn by Dennis Brown and won by Dennis Linnard who also happened to be the birthday boy on this occasion. It was funny and the draw appeared tampered with and perhaps corrupt but it was only a funny coincidence. Of course he was rapped with his prize and has proudly displayed it in his home. It was a successful evening and i look forward to hosting many more and seek your ongoing interest in supporting some wonderful Indigenous Artists and their families.