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Kath Dickson Family Centre

Serving, protecting and empowering families since 1975

serving, protecting and empowering families since 1975serving, protecting and empowering families since 1975

About the artwork

Bareibunn Karulbo

On Sacred Ground, 2017

Megan Bartman
Acrylic on canvas
Purchased by Kath Dickson Family Centre on 10 July 2017.

As the women sit around the campfires they realise they are running out of water. They make the journey through the scrub to get to the waterholes for replenishment and survival. The women are our teachers while the water is our education.

“I am a Kamilaroi woman, daughter to a Tinga man and Mungindi woman. My Totem is a red belly black snake, also known as Nhurraay.

As a mother to seven children, I paint in my ‘spare time’ and appreciate the quite time when I get the chance. 

I love to paint and I take so much pride in what I do. Painting is my dreaming and for me to show my children that you can do anything you put your mind to. Over the years, as people have shown belief in me, I have learnt to believe in myself.

Although I have been painting all my life I have only embraced my gift fully in the past five years. Connecting to the outside world sharing my talent and spiritual connection to my indigenous heritage. I hope to learn and paint more as time goes by and to share culture and art with others.” - Megan Bartman