APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition: Supporting Indigenous Psychology Students

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The APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition, a public show in support of the Australian Psychological Society, is to be held in the offices of Rio Tinto in Melbourne from Saturday 5 August to Tuesday 8 August.

The exhibition features more than 100 canvases, totems and bark paintings from renowned artists such as Gloria Petyarre, Judy Watson Napangardi, Barbara Weir and Lilly Kelly.Proceeds will fund residential scholarships for Aboriginal psychology students.

The show also features a special lecture by Shaun Dennison, Christie’s Aboriginal Art Specialist, on Collecting and Investing in Aboriginal Art on Sunday August 6 at 3pm.

This is the first Australian Psychological Society (APS) project to raise money in support of a residential scholarship for Aboriginal psychology students.The president of the APS, Amanda Gordon, is behind a unique scholarship program that will create some long term changes to enable young Aboriginals to advance their careers.

“My aim is to both encourage and financially assist indigenous students through the crucial fifth and sixth years of study that qualifies them to practise as a psychologist.

No one questions the mental health crisis in the indigenous community and we need a pool of talent who can offer culturally specific services. We need psychologists with the same spiritual beliefs and backgrounds as their patients, who understand their grief and can interpret their mental illness accurately,” says Mrs Gordon.

The APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition will be opened by His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC Governor General of Australia.

Bendi Lango means ‘cutting edge’ and is a term from the Woiwurrung language used by a number of Victorian clans including the well known Wurundjeri people.

Renowned indigenous artists, Gloria Petyarre, Tommy Watson, Abie Loy, Judy Watson Napangardi, Paddy Sims, Lilly Kelly, Maggie Watson, Rosella Namok, Barbara Weir, Regina Wilson, Tjumpo Tjapanangka , Billie Benn and Shorty Robertson have created specific works for the exhibition.Especially commissioned works from Spinifex community will be a highlight of the exhibition.

Location: Rio Tinto Offices - Level 34, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne

Opening times:

Saturday 5 August: 10am – 6:30pm
Sunday 6 August: 10am – 6:30pm
Monday 7 August: 2:30pm – 5pm
Tuesday 8 August: 9am – Noon

For more information, please visit the website: http://www.bendilango.org.au/

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Artwork files available online http://www.bendilango.org.au/ or from Katrina Walter k.walter@cprcomm.com.au