Moree's cultural hidden gem
The Mehi Gallery and Studio holds a special place in the hearts of many TAFE NSW Moree Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts and Fashion and Design students.
According to David (Crockett) Craigie, who is studying the Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts, the gallery means the world to him. Mr Craigie has watched the gallery develop into a cultural precinct since it was established over 10 years ago, displaying the history of the Gamilaroi or Gamilaraay people.
“We are able to tell our side of the story of life growing up in Moree through art and put it on display for people to see,” he said.
“I’m proud to be one of the founding members and a senior mentor at the gallery. I really enjoy taking large groups of visitors through the gallery and talking about our history.”
TAFE NSW Moree Head Teacher Creative and Design Ideation, Elizabeth von Gavel, believes the students take great pride in ensuring the success of the gallery.
“The artworks have evolved from the local environment, the rivers, the bush and the people using many recycled and found materials,” she said.
“It is rewarding to see the students speaking to tourists and providing information about their works and the history of Moree - you can really tell they are passionate about preserving their culture.
“The gallery provides them with a great opportunity to work in a professional industry setting, developing important skills and experience that they need to help ensure they are job ready.
The Mehi Gallery is situated on the banks of the Mehi River and is open to the public Monday to Thursday, 10am-3pm in H Block at TAFE NSW Moree.