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Artist Georgia MacGuire, known in her art practice as Blackgin, states that her heart beats for ‘Community, Culture and Country’. Her art serves as a bridge, connecting MacGuire to others and enabling her to share her perspectives as a First Nations woman in what is now known as Australia.

The exhibition title Onemda is a Woiwurrung word meaning ‘love’ or ‘the regard that we have for each other that holds us together as a community’. For MacGuire, the works in the exhibition connect with those moments in her life when experiences of different places have held and healed her. They include woven and 3D works made from natural materials such as paperbark and feathers including shields, hanging works and masks.

McGuire’s connection to Country runs deep, intertwined with a profound love for the cherished animals and plants that share this land. In her practice, she dedicates herself to them, as well as to her Ancestors and all those that are only now present in her life as spirit.

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10 Feb - 21 Apr

10:00am - 5:00pm

Art Gallery of Ballarat

40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.


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