Barngarla artists showcase artwork

DOOR-OPENER: From left, Whyalla City Council Visitor Experience Coordinator Teresa Coles, Barngarla artists Jody and Jason Croft, and Council Tourism Development Officer Paul Mazourek.
DOOR-OPENER: From left, Whyalla City Council Visitor Experience Coordinator Teresa Coles, Barngarla artists Jody and Jason Croft, and Council Tourism Development Officer Paul Mazourek.

Artwork from several talented local Barngarla people is now on display at the Whyalla Visitor Information Centre, and more artists are encouraged to step up and contribute.

Aboriginal artists Jody, Jason and Brianna Croft organised the display with the support of Whyalla City Council Visitor Experience Coordinator Teresa Coles and Tourism Development Officer Paul Mazourek.

Visitors will be encouraged to purchase some of the stunning indigenous artwork, with Jody saying the display would open up doors for local artists.

"In the past people were looking for this kind of artwork but we hadn't had any in there," she said.

"We didn't have anything like this when I moved here, we want to promote cultural artwork.

"Giving fantastic artists out there a means to showcase their work is really exciting, not only do they get to put it on display they also get paid when the artwork is sold.

"There's a commission which gets paid to the information centre when the payment goes to the artist."

Jason said it was a big honour to see the artwork displayed at the centre, which was a great avenue to promote Barngarla artwork.

"It's great if we can lead by example for our community and get other artists involved in displaying their artwork as well," he said.

Ms Coles said there were around 12 pieces of art on display at the centre, with the three artists being very diverse in their styles.

"We're open seven days so there's no restrictions on viewing the artwork and those who do find a connection with them can take them home," she said.

"Those visitors who have come through are really appreciative at the moment, they've been asking a few questions about them."

This weekend is a perfect opportunity for the community to get in and see the works as the visitor centre will be open to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the HMAS Whyalla.