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First Nations Art

First Nations Art


The City of Greater Bendigo is located on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung Peoples of the Kulin Nation. They are the traditional custodians of this land.


In 2020, the City of Greater Bendigo appointed Janet Bromley, Arts Officer First Nations to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living and working in Greater Bendigo, to connect artists to opportunities and to facilitate the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture in the region. 


Wartaka is a Dja Dja Wurrung word for meeting with purpose.
The Wartaka group meets three times per year to:

  • come together as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and yarn about art and the types of activities we would like to develop and showcase in the future
  • ensure that art programs meet community expectations
  • increased community participation and ensure community is represented in arts initiatives and to develop a designated art space
  • support the development of a culturally safe place for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Knuldoorong (everyone together) has been running since 1999 as part of Bendigo’s NAIDOC Week program presented by Anne Conway and Trina Dalton-Oogjes and the community. In 2016 Knuldoorong moved to Dudley House gallery space in View Street.
From 2020 the NAIDOC exhibition is now permanently embedded into Greater Bendigo’s annual arts and cultural program and will be curated by the Arts Officer First Nations. Knuldoorong presents an opportunity for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to show their art in Bendigo during NAIDOC Week.  The art is diverse; from painting, ceramics, weaving, wall hangings to jewellery and more.
If you would like to get involved, please reach out. 

Entries for Knuldoorong 2022 are now OPEN and close Wednesday 20 June.  For information, and to apply, go to Knuldoorong Art Exhibition 2022

Djaara Lights

In 2019 the City of Greater Bendigo’s Creative Communities team and DJAARA forged an amazing partnership to develop an artists led multi-site temporary public art project. Fast forward to 2021!!! You can now experience the six seasons by Troy Firebrace and Drew Berick. This is one of Bendigo's most unique cultural activation experiences and its viewable seven days a week until November 2024.

Djaara Lights highlights Dja Dja Wurrung culture in the Bendigo region through combining the display of Djaara artwork and an augmented reality experience. The artworks tell stories of the Dja Dja Wurrung six seasons on Djandak (Country) from Dja Dja Wurrung People, the Traditional Owners of Bendigo.

Click here for information.


New opportunities

The Creative Communities team compile a fortnightly arts e-bulletin with events and opportunities for our creative community.  To subscribe email

You may also contact the Arts Officer First Nations directly for updates. 
Email Janet at or call 0400 746 379.


Past projects

Click on the images below to scroll through some of our past projects:

  • Knuldoorong 2021 (photography by Bill Conroy)
  • Djaara Lights 2021 (photography by Bill Conroy)
Knuldoorong Art Exhibition, 2021

BV&E acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands where our venues stand and where we share stories through art and culture.

We acknowledge and pay respect to their Elders past present and emerging.