Nyngan artists' feature in Living Arts and Culture photographic exhibition

ON DISPLAY: Artists Priscilla Lord and Stan Lord with Orana Arts board member Veneta Dutton (middle) in Coonamble. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

ON DISPLAY: Artists Priscilla Lord and Stan Lord with Orana Arts board member Veneta Dutton (middle) in Coonamble. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Nyngan artists' Priscilla Lord and Stanley Lord feature in a photographic exhibition and publication, which aims to tell the stories of Aboriginal artists living across Far Western communities of NSW.

The Living Arts and Culture photographic exhibition and publication is on display in Coonamble and offers a snapshot into the lives of contemporary Aboriginal artists, their towns, villages across outback NSW.

The artists were photographed and interviewed by Andrew Hull who who curates the stories of contemporary Aboriginal artists. The display captures the contribution these artists are currently making to the cultural landscape of our region.

Priscilla's works aim to educate children in Aboriginal art and education. She is derivative of 'dot painting', where she often finds ways to make that relevant to her experience, so the artworks sometimes are a combination of contemporary and traditional styles.

"I'm 'dot mad'. I can just sit for hours and paint my stories using dots - I can get lost in there, and the whole night can go by while I've been working on a painting," she said in the publication.


Priscilla uses her art to open conversations and allow for people to talk and share their stories and experience. The effect is one of a truly modern Aboriginal circumstance - one that describes the world she lives in, not a past that she has been taken away from, or a future that she doesn't know.

"We share by doing. It's all there if people want to see it," she said.

Stanley has moved around a lot, and learned a lot as he went. He observed his Aunties and Uncles making art when he was young, moving between Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Brewarrina, Coonamble and, ultimately, Nyngan.

"I just like painting. Once I start I just sit there and keep going," his publication read.

Stan's paintings hang in many significant regional government buildings such as the Nyngan Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Department of Community Services in Coonabarabran, and the Nyngan Hospital.

"I didn't do much until I moved here. I was taking care of my grandkids and I just started as a way to pass some time, but people started buying them and so I just kept going," he said.

His art style is unique, incorporating all that he has observed and experienced; wood burning, painting on wood, and work on skins enhance his work with acrylic on canvas.

"I'll keep going as long as I can - as long as I'm still here," Stanley said.

"We hope this publication not only provides a physical space to celebrate these artists but also ensures the continued support and success of our region's Aboriginal artists," Outback Arts Executive director, Jamie-Lea Trindall said.