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  • Belinda Briggs Belinda Briggs (Yorta Yorta, Wemba Wemba), Algabonyah

Belinda Briggs (Yorta Yorta, Wemba Wemba), Algabonyah

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earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on linen, 2023


Algabonyah is a special ceremony place for Yorta-Yorta people. I thought it reflected not only how we negotiate, how each of us contributed, but also the place from which we connect and draw from. Evoking our values of love, respect, sharing and generosity. It was special to create this artwork with my son. This is the 3rd of three artworks we have shared in creating. I love that we get to connect through this process. The process for this artwork was a bit of a negotiation between me and Narran as mother and son. We had discussed what colour, how to apply them and what the overall work looked like.


Artist Bio:

Belinda is a Yorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba woman, living and working in the Dungala Kaiela (Murray Goulburn) Region in Northern Victoria. Belinda is a writer and curator at the Shepparton Art Museum, where her curatorial projects include the major exhibition Lin Onus: The Land Within, and the Indigenous Ceramic Award. She also holds an engagement role with the Kaiela Institute as Nanyak Adviser – Strategy and Communications. This role facilitates the integration and continuity of inherited values and principles inspired by Nanyak, which encapsulates the history, events, legacies, relationship and spiritual essence upheld by Yorta Yorta Ancestors, families and Elders in the past and present for the generations of today and tomorrow. She is passionate about her community, particularly her contributions to the Rumbalara Football Netball Club and as the Vice President of Kaiela Arts.