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24 Mar 2011
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Gula Gama-Li represents a 5-year journey of the Moree community, embracing its children and families through Mubali, Connections and 6x6. Meg Binks, midwife and child & family health nurse (Moree), says: ‘The strength of our community is in the strength of our families. Our children and those who nourish and guide them are precious, and they are what makes our community strong’.

Kim McConville, BE’s Executive Director and a former Moree resident, says: ‘BE has a very strong connection with the Moree community. Our first project, Mubali, which means ‘pregnant’ in the Gamilaroi language, was here in Moree and is still running. Cherilda Murray, who was the first young woman in Moree to have a belly cast made of her pregnant belly in 2004, is now expecting her second child and both her belly casts will be on display as part of the exhibition. We use arts processes to enable change for disadvantaged young people and, through the sharing process of making art together, connect young people to local services and into the community. The Moree community has always been a starting point for BE to trial new and innovative strategies. It is their ability to embrace new ideas which leads to regionally and culturally significant exhibitions such as this.’

Mubali evolved into Connections, which helped young parents develop parenting skills and to understand early childhood development. The 6x6 Artists Connecting Community project was part of Connections and brought seven nationally renowned non-indigenous visual artists together to spend six hours a day for six days in Moree working alongside seven local indigenous visual artists, each being a mentor and guide to the other. The artists’ brief was ‘New Horizons: Indigenous Families and Children within the Moree Landscape’. The visiting artists were: David Larwill, Garry Shead, Luke Sciberras, Jonathon Throsby, Ian Marr, Gabrielle Courtenay, Adam Rish and artist/photographers Greg Weight and Williams Yang. The local Moree artists were: Ellen Draper, Margaret Adams, Paula Duncan, William ‘Billo’ Priestly, Brent Beale, and, visiting from Boggabilla, Joy Duncan and May Hinch. All contributed art works for the exhibition.

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