Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women of the West: Photographic Exhibition

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Thursday 7 March 2019 to Thursday 28 March 2019

A photography exhibition of inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women will be on display at VU at MetroWest for International Women’s Day.

The exhibition recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's inspirational stories and contributions to local communities in Melbourne’s west.

Instigated by Western Health as part of a 2018 NAIDOC Week competition, the exhibition brings together 30 portraits selected by Weenthunga Health Network – an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander–led organisation.

Community members were invited to submit photos of women who live or work in the west that highlight the incredible role, achievements or contributions of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Launched during NAIDOC Week in 2018, the exhibition responded to the theme for the annual national week of recognition, ‘Because of her, we can!’, highlighting the contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our history and to our nation.

Western Health’s Manager Aboriginal Health, Policy and Planning, Jacqueline Watkins, who has worked with the Western Region Councils and Local Aboriginal Network on the photography project, said last year’s NAIDOC Week theme and the photographic exhibition that came from it were timely:

“It gives us the opportunity to reflect, celebrate and acknowledge many of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who work tirelessly with community and family to make the West a better place to live and work.
“I will be proud to recognise these women and recognise the invaluable contributions that they make and the inspiration they give to our young women to become leaders.”

The photography exhibition is run by Western Health and proudly supported by Brimbank City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Moonee Valley Council, Local Aboriginal Network and VU’s Moondani Balluk. It is presented at VU at MetroWest as part of VU’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

Opening event

Join us for a relaxed panel discussion with some of the women depicted in the exhibition, and have a chat over catering by Charcoal Lane.

Date: Thursday 7 March
Time: 2pm - 4pm


  • Jacqui Watkins
  • Ngardarb Francine Riches
  • Kerry Deverell
  • Jaimie-Lee Lyons


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Ngardarb Francine Riches, photo taken by Arun Munoz


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Exhibition opening event: Thursday 7 March, 2 - 4pm

Exhibition: 7 - 28 March


VU at MetroWest (Footscray) 138 Nicholson Street

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