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Celebrating Local Indigenous Artists this NAIDOC week: A Glimpse into Culture and Creativity

Celebrating Local Indigenous Artists this NAIDOC week: A Glimpse into Culture and Creativity

Marketplace Gungahlin recognizes the Ngunnawal people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work, and create. We honor and respect their enduring connection to Country and Culture, and we value their contributions to the life of this city and region.

This month, we celebrate NAIDOC Week, which stands for National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee. This special week is dedicated to honoring and celebrating the rich history, vibrant culture, and remarkable achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We want to highlight some of the incredible local Indigenous artists who are creating stunning pieces that educate us about Indigenous culture and history while offering a profound connection to the spirit of the land. These artists bring their unique perspectives and traditional knowledge to their work, enriching our community with their creativity and storytelling. Through their art, we gain a deeper appreciation for the rich culture and the enduring legacy they continue to build.

Be sure to visit our Centre to check out our display near Kmart. However if you can’t make it in person, please read on to learn more about these talented artists and view their artwork.

Dale Huddleston

Dale embodies the true spirit of an artist. A renowned singer, songwriter, and painter, he has opened for stars like Jessica Mauboy, Troy Cassar-Daley, and Archie Roach. His music blends themes of Aboriginal culture, connection to land, people, and family. Dale plays guitar and didgeridoo and has released five albums. His artwork has been showcased at the 2000 Olympics and is displayed at the National Museum of Australia and the Burrunju Aboriginal Gallery. Deeply involved in his community, Dale teaches arts and music to the younger generation through the Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal Youth Corporation. He has cultural ties with the Ngardi language group in East Arnhem Land, NT, and the Wiradjuri and Talbragar people in NSW. Dale is also a former rugby star.

Please see some of Dale’s work below:
To read more about Dale, listen to his music, or purchase his artworks, click here.

Sarah Richards

Meet Sarah, a dynamic Ngiyampaa woman born on Gadigal land, whose artistic journey has been flourishing on Ngunnawal and Ngambri countries since 2012. With a brush in hand and a vision in mind, Sarah’s vibrant paintings have earned her prestigious accolades: ACT NAIDOC Artist of the Year in 2015 and Canberra Women in Business Indigenous Business Woman of the Year in 2023 for her remarkable venture, Marrawuy Journeys.

“Marrawuy” (Mar-ra-way) translates to “red kangaroo” in the language of the Wongaibon people, honoring the totem of her ancestor, Richard King. Marrawuy Journeys isn’t just a name—it’s a symbol of resilience and unstoppable forward momentum. Every stroke in Sarah’s artwork tells a story of strength, healing, and cultural revival.

Please see some of Sarah’s work below:
To read more about Marrawuy Journeys or to purchase some of Sarah’s artwork, click here.