Kaiela Arts Shepparton

Indigenous Arts

Kaiela Arts Freshwater Fabric Fundraiser

Our project will fund access to professional studio space, materials and support from Spacecraft Studios in Melbourne for artist quality screenprinting of fabrics, designed by Aboriginal artists from Kaiela Arts.

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Through prior screenprint projects with Spacecraft Studios in Melbourne, Kaiela Arts has found a new and exciting avenue of expression and design for our Aboriginal artists. Working under the guidance of highly regarded screen print artist, Stewart Russell, our artists will gain access to studio space and skills development to print sufficient lengths of fabric to use for new fashion and interior design projects.

Following on from our success in displaying ‘wearable art’ on the catwalks of the Darwin Fashion Show, Jakarta Fashion Week and Vogue Australia, our artists wait in readiness for further opportunities.Contemporary artworks and designs on fabric will reflect and draw upon the significant cultural heritage and knowledge of Yorta Yorta people and our local landscapes that feature freshwater and inland riverina systems and themes.

Taking our prints to the wider audiences, our project offers new opportunities for our artists to collaborate with other artists and designers and to extend their fields of practice.

Kaiela Arts is a well established art centre for Aboriginal artists living in regional Victoria. We have and we continue to build strong connections to Country and our local cultural heritage. Foregrounding community-based art projects and programs in regional Victoria, this screenprint project builds upon the unexpected but considerable success of our Design Roots screen print projects 2016-8. Creating a suite of unique designs based upon landscape, cultural and personal themes, the work of our artists enables greater awareness and recognition of Aboriginal culture and our living history.

Seeking to expand upon avenues of design and expression, our screen print project seeks to make our gallery and studio space both visible and viable. Our donors will aid in the sustainable development of our screenprint practice by supporting our artists to develop the necessary technical and artistic skills to become accomplished screenprint artists. Your donation will fund a component of this new venture with $10,000 needed to supply materials for up to ten Kaiela Arts artists.

In supporting our artists and gallery to grow, Kaiela Arts is seeking local and national fundraising and philanthropic support. Preparing to secure our permanent studio space and gallery at a new arts precinct with Shepparton Art Museum in 2020, we look forward to strengthening and invigorating our local creative communities through shared cultural art projects such as this. Enabling cross cultural collaboration in new fields of practice, this textile project brings together weavers, painters, screen printers with fashion and interior designers and architects.

For further information please see our website for information about who we are, our current programs and there are video links to our fabric projects here https://kaielaarts.org.au/videos

You can also contact our gallery manager, Angie Russi, on 5821 9842 or manager@kaielaarts.org.au or fundraising co-ordinator Rhonda Chrisanthou at education@kaielaarts.org.au

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Operating as a community-based art gallery since 2007, Kaiela Arts Shepparton is a registered charity and not for profit association run by a Board of Management, with a majority of Aboriginal members. The gallery, located houses an exhibition space and shopfront on one side and a workshop studio space in the other. Employing three part-time staff to manage all business, administrative and curatorial activities we provide services to over ninety, member artists who live in the region. We also employ artists and educators as independent contractors to deliver artists’ programs, community projects and education activities to schools and other groups.

Importantly, Kaiela Arts is an active hub for cultural expression and enterprise through art and provides a cultural bridge from where other groups and visitors connect to our community. Operating four days a week, Kaiela Arts is a centre for local Aboriginal artists who would otherwise be working in isolation. Building mutual understanding through the arts, we are a meeting place for Aboriginal and non – Aboriginal people to share in building cultural knowledge and experiences.


Barb Gray


Dierdre Robertson


Philippa Schapper


Greater Shepparton College


Linley Walker



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