Gemma Cronin, a senior member of the Badtjala Nation stands with Cr. George Seymour to look at
Gemma Cronin, a senior member of the Badtjala Nation stands with Cr. George Seymour to look at "Bark Canoe" by Lyndon Davis, Brent Miller and Kerry Jones at the Hervey Bay Regional Art Gallery. The East Coast Encounters exhibition is on until January 31. Alistair Brightman

Delve into Australia’s past with East Coast Encounters

THE East Coast Encounters exhibition is sure to grab the attention of those interested in delving deeper into Australia's colonial past.

Now on display at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, the work of about 16 indigenous and non-indigenous artists have been displayed together to present a striking modern take on the encounter between James Cook and his crew with the Australian Aboriginal people in the 1770's.

Co-curator John Waldron said the collection of paintings had toured galleries across coastal Queensland areas visited by Captain Cook and crew.

"The reason it was put together was to help create a fuller understanding of what happened between the Indigenous people and Captain Cook and his crew," he said.

"What a lot of people don't realise is that the first act of reconciliation was at the town of Cook.
"There are two sides to every story and this is pertinent to today."

Butchulla woman Gemma Cronin is a poet and singer songwriter involved with the exhibition.

She is pictured at the opening of the exhibition with Councillor George Seymour at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery.

The exhibition is on at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery until January 31, 2016.



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