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Banj Banj/nawnta

'Banj Banj/nawnta' (Sister/sister) explores the unique friendship between two Indigenous female artists whose lives have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Thelma and Stacey share an inspiring artistic and cultural journey expressing the resilience of First Nations women navigating a pathway through the justice system back to family and community.

'Banj Banj/nawnta' is also able to be viewed online through the Counihan Virtual Gallery on The Torch's website. On this website you will be able to explore the exhibition, read the exhibition catalogue and purchase artworks.

'Banj Banj/nawnta' is presented in association with The Torch. The Torch provides art, cultural and arts industry support to Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders in Victoria through its Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program. You can find out more about their programs and work on The Torch's website.

The artist would like to thank the Taungurung Land and Waters Council and Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for language permissions.


Image: Thelma Beeton (Palawa people) and Stacey (Taungurung/Boon Wurrung peoples). 'Banj Banj/nawnta', 2021. Acrylic on canvas, 74 x 88 cm. Courtesy of the artists.



Counihan Gallery
Moreland City Council
Phone: 03 9389 8622

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