ART AUCTION: Rachel Heaton and Mandala Diehl with Marlee Napurrula's hand-printed Nulla Nulla's
ART AUCTION: Rachel Heaton and Mandala Diehl with Marlee Napurrula's hand-printed Nulla Nulla's Veda Dante

A garden for all in Federal

MONEY raised at an indigenous art auction this Sunday will help create a "living classroom" for the Federal Community Children's Centre.

The Bush Foods Garden will see local Widjabul custodians, Federal and Brunswick Valley Landcare groups, Byron Shire Council and the wider school community collaborate on the native garden project.

"The Bush Foods Garden will be designed to utilise many of the local plant species from our surrounding subtropical rainforest - species that offer current and traditional cultural use," project manager Rachel Heaton said.

"It will provide many opportunities for the whole community, including employment opportunities for surrounding indigenous communities."

Several artists from Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery in Sydney, including Liddy Nelson Nakamarra, Andrew Margalulu Wanambi and Samson Poantimilui, have donated pieces for the auction, all of which meet ethical standards.

"The prints have been donated by Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery in Sydney and the Australian Art Print Network, both members of the Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association," Rachel said.

Federal Children's Community Centre is at 898 Binna Burra Road in Federal. The art auction will run between 11am and 2pm on Sunday with live music, food and activities for kids.


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