Emergence is a celebration of emerging arts practice by young First Nations people and collaborative peers from the Bundaberg region. Curated by Taribelang artist, Dylan Sarra, in collaboration with Bundaberg Regional Galleries, this pop-up exhibition is a showcase of work created over a four week immersive workshop period in two key secondary schools - Kepnock State High School and North State High School.

Responding to the theme of ‘Belonging’, the works in the exhibition were created by the artists in response to the stories and arts practice shared by Sarra. For many, it was their first foray into creative practice, and the power of the arts to give a voice to those who may find themselves not listened to.

The exhibition will embrace a variety of media from sculptural works to printmaking, all woven together through the creative direction of Sarra to form a cohesive whole.

Image: Sierra Hughes, BNSHS year 7 student. Collagraph on Fabriano paper.
“The spiral is like cultural knowing. It starts off small and expands and grows… like a spark that gets bigger the more you work it.”