Bush Babies: Honouring our Elders exhibition celebrates Indigenous elders in art


Graham Smith’s portrait of Nana Purple.
Graham Smith’s portrait of Nana Purple.

INDIGENOUS elders from across the Wheatbelt are being celebrated in a Wanneroo exhibition.

Bush Babies: Honouring our Elders features a collection of portrait paintings, photographs and short stories honouring 16 Noongar elders.

The exhibition was inspired by a portrait of Hazel Winmar, affectionately known as Nana Purple, who died in 2014 shortly after her 100th birthday.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said it comprised some of the most interesting works she had seen.

“Each piece tells a unique story and gives a window in to the past challenges of Noongar life,” she said.

“It is our hope that people viewing these portraits will continue to open doors towards reconciliation and honour elders all around Australia.”

The exhibition will be on display at Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre from July 21 to August 22.