Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Art Gallery
A gallery exhibiting work of Aboriginal artists of Central West NSW at Hartley Historic Site east of Lithgow.
The Kew–Y–Ahn Aboriginal Gallery project is a partnership between Arts OutWest, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage. The new regional Aboriginal art gallery was opened by the NSW Governor on Saturday June 1, 2013.
Work by Aboriginal painters, weavers, designers, jewellers and photographers from across the NSW Central West will be represented in rotating exhibitions in the new gallery space.
“The art gallery has been established specifically to promote the commercial sale of Indigenous Artist living in the Central West,” Hartley Historic Site manager Steve Ring said.
“The Hartley site is the gateway to the Central West for those coming over the mountains, it will be a wonderful place to introduce visitors to our region’s Aboriginal artists,” Arts OutWest Executive Officer Tracey Callinan said.
Arts OutWest curates the ongoing exhibitions and National Parks will manage the space at the historic Farmers Inn building. The project forms part of Arts OutWest’s ongoing Aboriginal Arts Development program and the artworks on show have been curated by Aboriginal Arts Development Officer Aleshia Lonsdale.
The gallery spreads over three rooms in the 1860s era Farmers Inn building and has been fitted with professional lighting and gallery hanging systems.
History has it that ‘Kew-Y-Ahn’ was the first word spoken by Aboriginal people to European explorers as they arrived in the Hartley area.