The Bridge Art Project humbly recognises that we stand and work in footsteps millennia old.
We acknowledge the traditional owners, the Yorta Yorta people, whose land the Bridge Art Project is located.
We respect and honour their Ancestors, Elders, Family Groups, culture and traditions that have nurtured their lands and waters, always.
We commit to deepen understanding and knowledge to foster reconciliation and inclusion.
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The Bridge Art Project
The Bridge Art Project Committee is aiming to establish a world class,
ground-breaking arts precinct in Moama.
The Project will combine conventional gallery-based curation and exhibition of contemporary art with an extensive 17-hectare site on which cultural history will be represented and explored through installations, sculptures, nature-based programs and digital technologies.
Echuca and Moama are twin towns on the Murray River at its closest point to Melbourne. The towns have a long history as a tourist destination bringing many return visitors to the region and supporting the local economy. To date in Echuca, the focus has been on post-European-settlement – the paddle steamers, the wharf, the timber industry. The focus of the Bridge Art Project based in Moama, will be on the arts, immersed in nature, and will strongly feature First Nations art and history and untold stories from those previously silenced or unamplified.
The project will simultaneously bridge histories and pave a future while facilitating an educated reexamination of diverse perspectives. It aims to prompt new conversations that enquire into the past for direction.
The Bridge Art Project Gallery
The plan for arts precinct will include building a new gallery on Meninya Street and a raised walkway from the gallery to Dhungala, the Murray River, a distance of approximately 1km through riverine forest.
The forest will be utilised for walking and bicycle paths, an arts trail, a sculpture park, active rehabilitation of previously farmed land, growing indigenous food and fibre and other entertainment including night-time events, bird and star watching, digital light shows etc. When flooding of the land occurs - perhaps twice every ten years, visitors will have privileged viewing of the flooded bushland from the walkway.
The gallery will include a strong focus on the stories of Australia’s First Nations people, their history, culture and art, utilising multi-media opportunities and providing visitors with a multifaceted view of the local Yorta Yorta culture and how country has been cared for over 2000 generations. The principles of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property will be respected and BAP will be using ICIP as guiding principles.
The gallery will house a permanent collection and will exhibit visiting shows from across a broad spectrum of the arts, providing either a free or a paid experience. The gallery building will include a large community art space, as well as a café and gallery shop. See the Masterplan developed by Terroir and Partners at: bridgeartproject.com.au.