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Adinkra Dreaming Art Exhibition - Newtown

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Buzzzbar cafe in Newtown is hosting a unique art exhibition, bringing together cultures and imagery from different parts of the world.

the exhibition at Buzzzbar in Newtown

'Adinkra Dreaming' is Australian artist Maralyn Nash's solo exhibition, showcasing pieces from her 30-year career.

One of Maralyn Nash's African-influenced artworks

Her paintings, collage work and photography is deeply influenced by African culture which is very evident in her use of vibrant colours and organic materials.

beautiful photography from Ms Nash's adventures in Africa

The collection includes beautiful slice-of-life photographs of communities in Africa where she has spent a lot of her time.

more of Ms Nash's African-influenced art

The namesake of the exhibition refers to a series of smaller paintings of Adinkra symbols which come from the Asante people of Ghana. Each symbol has rich religious and spiritual iconography.

Adinkra symbols on display

All showcased art is available for purchase. The Symbols can also be made on request with personalised size, media and colours.

paintings of Adinkra symbols

Buzzzbar's central Newtown location makes it a worthy location for a gallery space.

Buzzzbar Cafe in Newtown

The spacious interior and plentiful sitting space provides a great opportunity to take in the art with a flat white and a snack.

My only issues with the venue were the following:
The back wall, where some of the art is displayed, is painted bright red - taking away from the vibrancy of the art itself. The air conditioning was also unable to handle the capacity of attendees at the opening.

The artist - Randwick-based Maralyn Nash

Otherwise, Ms Nash's exhibition is a good opportunity to escape Australian monotony and immerse yourself in cultural experiences of far away places.

vibrant photography at the exhibit

In her very fitting artist statement, she says she "hopes people experience as much enjoyment viewing them as she did in their creation to the strains of joyful, energetic and very loud African music pulsating out of her home based art studio in downtown Randwick."

More about the artist can be found by clicking here.

Adinkra symbols

Rating: 8/10

Where: Buzzzbar Café, 349 King St Newtown (a block away from Newtown Station)
Why: To view some great Australian art with an African flare.
Cost: Free (but art is for sale)
When: Now until March 10

Good for kids: Artsy kids welcome, but no kid-friendly activities


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