Our festival is honoured that Jandamarra, a 2014 Archibald Prize finalist and local artist, has designed our beautiful signature art logo. Jandamarra is an Aboriginal Artist with his origins being the Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung People in Victoria.
He was introduced to painting at the age of 15 and credits this tool of expression as his survival from a challenging childhood treated as a second-class citizen in his own land. Painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express his creativity and storytelling of the universal truth of connection. In many of his paintings of the human condition, he seeks to be a peaceful voice for the oppressed and minorities. His focus is to use portraiture in a way to allow the viewer a glimpse into the depths of humanity and the expansive expression of the individual soul. Jandamarra is a speaker at our opening night celebrations – Kinship, a cultural connection. (http://jandamarrasart.com)