JOURNEY: James Mapp Journey in Time 2014 acrylic on canvas from the upcoming exhibition Shine for Kids – Colourful Dreaming Program.

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By LINDA ELLIOTT

AS PART of local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week 2014, Wagga Art Gallery, in partnership with SHINE for Kids, is proud to be showcasing an exhibition of indigenous artwork created by the talented participants of the Colourful Dreaming Program.

The SHINE for Kids – Colourful Dreaming Program uses the world of art to encourage the connection of imprisoned fathers to their children while expanding their view of themselves and their world.

The program, being run at Junee Correctional Centre, has been instrumental in elevating the self-confidence of the men participating in the program.

The children also benefit by being able to experience a renewed connection to community.

Their eyes are opened to new experiences and learn more about their rich culture by creating artwork in a diversity of media.

Come along and meet Colourful Dreaming Wiradjuri Elder, Auntie Kath Withers, and learn more about social justice initiatives at SHINE for Kids and how you too can become involved in and support this not-for-profit community organisation.

The exhibition will be officially launched by member for Riverina Michael McCormack on Thursday, July 3, at 6pm in the E3 art space.

There will be a weaving event as part of the family fun day on Saturday, July 12, from 10am until 2pm. Join Elders Aunty Kath Withers and Aunty Pat Simpson who will help you make your own little treasures to take away.

Sit for a little or a long while and learn the basket technique of coiling.