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Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery showcases emerging young artists

Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery at Hartley Historic Site on the western side of the Blue Mountains has welcomed two entrepreneurial young artists, Lori and Leo Lampton.

Aged 10 and 12, respectively, the talented youngsters are showcasing a range of artworks that proudly reflect their Wiradjuri heritage.

Describing her painting Family, Lori says: “This painting is symbolic as it shows the family circles, and the importance of the river being the meeting place for water to survive. The river is in the form of a snake as it is located in the middle of the painting and represents ancestry stories.”

Leo draws his inspiration from Indigenous life, land and environment, themes that are clearly evident in his artwork The Sky, the Sun and the Earth.

“This painting signifies the Indigenous flag colours and the relationship of all living things coming together as one,” he says. “The importance of animals and the environment that all create the land that we call home.”

Both artists have won prizes for their work; Leo won the ABC Education Acknowledgement of Country poster competition for 2023, and Lori came second in the 2023 art exhibition held by Evans Arts Council.

Lori and Leo’s works are currently available for sale at Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery, alongside the works of other Central West artists that include painting, jewellery, weaving, books and gift cards.

Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery is a partnership between Arts OutWest and NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. Located at Hartley Historic Site on the western slopes of the Blue Mountains, it showcases an ever-changing exhibition of works for sale by contemporary Aboriginal artists from the Central West of NSW.

The gallery is at 51 Old Great Western Highway, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–1pm & 1:30pm–4pm.

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