Lindt opening marks big day for Gallery
AFTER being given to the Grafton Regional Gallery in December last year, John William Lindt's 1873 photographs of Clarence Valley Aboriginals will officially be opened today.
The 'Australian Aboriginals' exhibition will be opened by Sam and Janet Cullen, who donated the photos to the gallery after purchasing them at a London auction last year.
Also being officially opened today is the Gallery's major project for the year, 'Spirit of the Valley'.
A collection of artworks by artists from the Bundjalung, Gumbayngirr and Yaegl tribes, Spirit of the Valley highlights local indigenous communities' spiritual connection to the Clarence Valley.
Grafton Regional Gallery director Jude McBean said the exhibition was special because it showcases the talents of the Valley's younger artists.
Mrs McBean said the Gallery was particularly thrilled to have Djon Mundine, OAM, open the exhibition.
"He has such a strong association with the area, his family originally came from here," she said.
"He, as Australia's leading indigenous art curator, is pretty huge in the arena, so he was invited to open the exhibition."
Mrs McBean said the morning would begin with breakfast and cultural activities at Market Square, before a 'friendship walk' to the gal- lery at 10.30am.