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Aboriginal art + gifts for Christmas at Whistlewood

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Colourful paintings, weavings and carvings and a wide range of homewares and gift items feature in the McCullochs’ end of year Christmas exhibition at Whistlewood, Shoreham, over two weekends in December.

As well as paintings, highly popular items in this annual show, says Whistlewood’s co curator Susan McCulloch, are licensed design homewares such as cushion covers, mugs, teatowels, salad servers, Christmas ornaments, glasses cases and teapots. New products this year include socks, milk jugs, laptop covers and backpacks as well as new designs of existing goods.

“It’s a very colourful range and it’s very exciting to see it expanding with these new items,” says Ms McCulloch. “The designs are licensed from the paintings of Aboriginal artists in the Western Desert community of Yuendumu, those of the Pitjantjatjara lands of northern South Australia and those from the Tiwi Islands.”

The licensing is organised in partnership with the Aboriginal-owned art centre the artists own, she says. “Each artist receives a royalty on sale of their goods and this provides them with an ongoing and often quite substantial income. The items themselves are very beautifully designed and packaged and make for excellent and unusual Christmas gifts.”

The Christmas show finishes an exciting year of exhibitions and other events for the McCullochs. In January they launch their 2017 exhibition programme with a new departure for the gallery with a large landscape exhibition of 40+ paintings, works on paper, jewellery and small sculptures by leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists whose work displays a strong connection to place.

Called 20/20: A sense of place, the exhibition features Mornington Peninsula artists as well as those from other parts of Victoria, Queensland, the NT, SA, NSW, WA and Arnhem Land.

Christmas exhibition open: Sat Dec 10 & Sun Dec 11 + Sat Dec 17 & Sun Dec 18 | 11am-5pm WHISTLEWOOD | ART CONSULTANCY + PRIVATE GALLERY

A: 642 Tucks Rd, Shoreham
T: 5989 8282

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