Meaning sister in their First Nations languages, Banj Banj (Taungurung) / nawnta (palawa kani) represents the unique friendship between Thelma and Stacey, who are participants in The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program.
Growing up in the same regional town, Stacey and Thelma formed a strong bond during their incarceration together at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Victoria’s maximum security women’s prison in Deer Park. Their friendship epitomises both the familial bonds that can be forged in prison and what can be achieved when women empower other women.
Their strong, bold and colourful paintings generously share their inspiring artistic and cultural journey and express the resilience of First Nations women as they navigate a pathway through the justice system back to family, culture and community
Banj Banj/nawnta will be presented at Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, and as an online experience below. Counihan Gallery opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm.
View the exhibition catalogue here.
Artworks can be purchased online with 100% of the sale price going directly to the artist.