Yesterday (28/5/16) I went to the Reconciliation Week exhibition at Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell, Latrobe City, Gippsland. The exhibition runs until the end of Reconciliation Week - that is, until 3rd June.
Latrobe Regional Gallery is a fairly small place although big in terms of quality. This week's Reconciliation Week exhibition is small but well worth the visit for a few reasons. There is no charge for entry to the gallery or any of the exhibitions.
The kids' activities area includes:
I've mentioned the book box. I pored over First Australians - an illustrated history (edited by Rachel Perkins and Marcia Langton) and noticed it had been borrowed from the Latrobe City Library so I've written that one down in my 'to borrow' list, as well as in my 'to definitely buy one day for my own library at home' list. The box contained other glorious books of which I'd never heard; for example, there was a collection of Gunaikurnai creation stories in a folder which looked as if it hasn't yet been published. It is called 'Nyeernila - listen continuously'. I've since discovered the document is available for download via internet; for those who are interested, if you google 'Aboriginal creation stories of Victoria - Creative Victoria' you can download it in PDF format. There was also a series of colourful, published books called the 'Gunai' series. They were about Gippsland's creation stories but I can't tell you much more about them because by that stage I'd already been a couple of hours in the gallery and had to get going, so I didn't get a chance to read them. I recommend anyone who is passionate about Gippsland literature, oral history and/or Aboriginal literature to pop into the gallery. I'll certainly be going back over the next few days to get a better look at the books in that Gunai series.
While I was at the Latrobe Regional Gallery I also visited its other exhibitions which are really good value, and some of the other artworks on display are also very relevant to Reconciliation Week.
It is small so I wouldn't travel all the way from Melbourne to see it. But if you live in the Valley or are passing by or through Morwell over the next few days, I recommend you drop in and take a look at this lovely little exhibition and while you're there, check out the other exhibitions on display at our wonderful gallery.
For more information about Latrobe Regional Gallery go to: www.latroberegionalgallery.com
Keep posted for future articles about books I've been reading, films I've been watching and exhibitions I've been experiencing.