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CSU in Dubbo hosts Aboriginal art exhibition

Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017

Mal MorrisThe first art exhibition to hang in the revitalised Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo features wood carvings by Dubbo Aboriginal artist Mr Mal Morris.

CSU campus development manager Mr Bart Sykes said the exhibition projects power and integrity.

"The works to be displayed represent stories and memories from Mr Morris's childhood, the river and bush around the Dubbo region," Mr Sykes said.

"The exhibits explore the personal nature of marking wood from Wiradjuri country using a deep 'V' sculpted groove. These works show the special connection between people and country, and Mr Morris finds deeper meanings discovered through tools, nature and belonging."

The free exhibition runs from Monday 26 June to Friday 25 August at CSU in Dubbo, 8 Tony McGrane Place, with the official opening at 2pm on Saturday 1 July. The exhibition curator is Mr Jack Randell.

Mr Morris (pictured) is a Wiradjuri man who lived in North Dubbo in 1950s and 1960s on the site of the current Aboriginal Aged Accommodation in Bemrose Lane. He attended North Dubbo Primary, then Dubbo High School for a brief period before gaining a trade certificate in fitting and turning.

After many years working in local industries, he retired from full-time work and took a position at Lincoln School at Orana Juvenile Justice Centre. Working with Aboriginal youth at the Centre and helping them reconnect with culture and country, he rediscovered his passion for art. His art evolved from dot painting on canvass, to painting and burning didgeridoos, through to wood carvings.

Mr Morris is very conscious of the significance of the traditional tree carvings of the Wiradjuri people, and in 2014 was involved in discussions with the Dubbo Aboriginal Working Party to ensure that he was supported by the local Aboriginal people in developing a culturally-safe style of carvings. This led to the completion of 'Totem Poles' at the Allira Preschool in Dubbo.

Since then, he has further developed his passion for wood carvings, and enjoys carving his own stories of culture.

Media contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Bart Sykes or Mr Mal Morris.

CSU seeks applications from artists, curators and organisations to use the new exhibition space. The deadline for applications is Friday 28 July, for scheduling for the coming 12 months.

To discuss exhibiting at CSU in Dubbo contact Mr Bart Sykes on 6885 7305 or, or in person at CSU in Dubbo at 8 Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo.

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