Byron Shire's Aboriginal people are very creative in both contemporary and traditional culture. Within this Shire there are writers, musicians, dancers, film makers, artists and teachers of culture. In addition to traditional custodians of the country, the Aboriginal community has a diverse mix of people from across Australia who choose to live in the Byron Shire because of its unique culture and lifestyle.
The Indigenous Land Use Agreements provide for the protection and management of Aboriginal cultural and heritage areas by the Bundjalung of Byron Bay, eg Arakwal National Park. The traditional owners conduct cultural, eco-tourism and educational programs thus providing an important cross-cultural exchange between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people.
A traditional basket weaving program has drawn an interest from Bundjalung Aboriginal women in the Shire, and creative products around art, dance and songs are being developed.
It is possible to see what some of the Arakwal creative people are doing in art, dance, music, storytelling and crafts.
The work of local Bundjalung artists and makers can be seen at the following locations:
or at 1/69 Jonson St, Byron Bay, NSW 2481.
(02) 6680 7884
The Cape Byron Information Centre (Cape Gallery) is located at the Cape Byron Lighthouse and includes a c ultural resource room housing Arakwal cultural information. Artworks and publications are for sale.
Arts Northern Rivers
The Indigenous Arts Development Project (IADP) aims to work in partnership with local Indigenous artists and organisations to build the capacity within this sector to better compete both artistically and commercially.
The Project hosts the employment of an Indigenous Arts Development Officer as well as an Indigenous Arts Business Manager.
The IADP works across the whole of the Northern Rivers region and provides support services for artists via an outreach service, offering one on one assistance, professional development workshops, and opportunities to exhibit their work and build on existing audiences.
This project is supported by the Australian government through the Office for the Arts.