A Very Koorie Krismas

By Spencer Fowler Steen

The city will be celebrating Christmas with an Indigenous twist this year thanks to the Koorie Heritage Trust (KHT) which is also throwing an end-of-year art exhibition showcasing more than 100 works by Aboriginal artists.

KHT chief executive Tom Mosby said A Very Koorie Krismas at Federation Square would feature roving performances over three days celebrating indigenous culture as well as a Koorie Klaus wearing a Santa Claus outfit in the Aboriginal flag colours.

“Basically, Koorie Krismas is our way of contributing to the holiday season from a distinct Aboriginal perspective,” Mr Mosby told CBD News.

“It’s all about putting our indigenous communities in the centre of what’s traditionally a European celebration.”

Mr Mosby said there would also be a Koorie Art Show at Federation Square kicking off on December 4 showcasing artwork from more than 80 indigenous and Torres Strait Islander artists.

“It’s an opportunity for people to see the style of art that’s produced in Victoria which is different to other Aboriginal art in other parts of Australia,” he said. 

“People tend to lump Aboriginal art into one thing, like dot painting, but it’s all unique here in Victoria.”

The Koorie Art Show is an award exhibition, with $38,000 up for grabs including a $10,000 top prize sponsored by Creative Victoria for the best work of art. There will be a best emerging artist award as well as a reconciliation prize.

Mr Mosby said all the artwork would be for sale, and included 3D sculptures, jewellery and printed photography.

“When people come to Koorie Klaus, it’ll encourage people to come to see the art at KHT, so if people are looking for a Christmas gift, they can come in and pick something up from the gift shop.” 

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For more information: koorieheritagetrust.com.au

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