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Artwork Launch: 'West to East' by Badger Bates

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Bankstown Arts Centre

5 Olympic Parade

Bankstown, NSW 2200

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The Bankstown Arts Centre is excited to announce the launch of a new permanent sculpture in the garden courtyard by renowned Paakantj artist and master carver Uncle Badger Bates. Uncle Badger was the Artist in Residence for June 2018 and during this time sculpted on site the sandstone artwork ‘West to East’. This sculpture explores connections to local waterways and stories associated with local flora and fauna. This important artwork is part an ongoing Indigenous Artists Exchange with Council’s Sister City Broken Hill.

On this work, Bates stated, “The eagle is my wanga or totem, and represents me coming from Broken Hill to Bankstown, which connects me with you all here. The two Ngatji or rainbow serpents live in a special waterhole in the Georges River.”

Badger Bates’ work is represented in nationally renowned collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Aside from being in numerous private collections, Badger has also created public artworks throughout Australia.

This project is supported through the Australian Government's Indigenous Languages and Arts program.

For more information about this event please contact the Bankstown Arts Centre artscentre@cbcity.nsw.gov.au


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Bankstown Arts Centre is a cultural facility, where artists and community groups collaborate to explore ideas and learn, create and experience contemporary community-based arts. For more information on what we do, please visit cb.city/artscentre.

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