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Yenbenal Mawa Murrangurang Ancestors Blood Always | An exhibition by Coree Thorpe


Sat 27 Jul 2019 - Sun 29 Sep 2019


The Connection
7287 Midland Highway


Free Event


Yenbenal Mawa Murrangurang ancestors blood always, captures the history and living stories of Yorta Yorta country and people as passed on through family and country.

This exhibition by Yorta Yorta artist, Coree Thorpe, is inspired by his maternal grandparents and family stories and memories associated with living in a significantly historical time and place in Yorta Yorta history.

The 4 February 2019 marked the 80th Anniversary of the Cummeragunja Walk-Off where many Aboriginal families left the mission to live in an area fondly known as the Mooroopna Flats, next to the Kaiela (Goulburn River) and Midland Highway between Mooroopna and Shepparton in Victoria.

This exhibition will be showcased at The Connection, Shepparton – Home of Yurri Catering which is closely located and interconnected with the Mooroopna Flats and Yorta Yorta history.

Identity, culture, family and sharing connection to country are at the heart of this project.

Coree Thorpe is a Gunnai, Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara emerging artist. Growing up surrounded by art and activism, Coree has always had a passion for creativity, for standing strong in who you are and for ensuring that community and family are at the heart of everything. Coree has been an integral member of the Koorie Youth Will Shake Spears Melbourne-based dance group for over 20 years, but it was in the last 3 years that he has picked up a paintbrush again. In 2017, he entered a piece into the Koorie Art Show at the Koorie Heritage Trust, where he was encouraged to continue painting after winning the Lend Lease Reconciliation Award, for his portrait of his cousin Adam Briggs. Coree currently works for Dardi Munwurro (Strong Spirit), an Aboriginal organisation focused on breaking the cycle of family violence and intergenerational trauma in Aboriginal families and communities. Yenbenal Mawa Murrangurang will be Coree’s first solo exhibition.

Launch event:
27 July 2019, 6:30pm
Refreshments will be provided

Exhibition opening hours:
July 27 – September 29 2019,
Saturdays and Sundays 9am – 4pm

This project has been proudly supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria.