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New art show at Shepparton’s Kaiela Arts

By John Lewis

A new exhibition of art by local indigenous women who have experienced family violence opens at Shepparton's Kaiela Arts tomorrow evening.

Empowering the Phoenix is the culmination of a series of workshops at the gallery facilitated by artist Tammy Lee-Atkinson and is a follow-up to the gallery's successful 2017 arts program Phoenix Rising.

Ms Atkinson said the aim had been to create a safe space for women to gather, create art and discuss any family violence issues that may be affecting them.

She said the initial exhibition had been inspiring.

“The pride I saw at the workshops and exhibition was amazing,’’ Ms Atkinson said.

“It was life-changing. Some of the women didn’t know they could paint or weave, but they gave it a go.”

The project has been delivered in partnership with Primary Care Connect.

The new art show is part of a busy program of Kaiela Arts exhibitions and events in Shepparton and Melbourne over the next month, leading up to and during the Shepparton Festival.

A stock room sale of discounted original artwork is currently on at the gallery until the end of February.

Tomorrow's Empowering the Phoenix exhibition launch runs from 6 pm to 8 pm at the gallery at 137-139 High St, Shepparton.