NAIDOC Week for art curator Rebekah Raymond

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The joy of NAIDOC week is simply being with her family and community.

Rebekah grew up across Limilngan-Wulna Country in Humpty Doo, and Larrakia Country in Darwin before being lured to the big smoke of Sydney after graduating high school.

Rebekah studied art history and archaeology at the University of Sydney and after graduating cut her teeth working in galleries and doing independent curating projects.

Looking to return home, she landed a dream job as Curator of Aboriginal Art and Material Culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

She started just before NAIDOC week in June 2021 after being away for 10 years.

“Growing up we’d go to the NAIDOC week march every year and I always remember the real joy of being with the community,” she said.

This year Rebekah said she was most looking forward to catching up with lots of family across NAIDOC events and helping out at a NAIDOC lunch.

Having a chance to get together, celebrate together and spend time with Elders. For me, it is exactly what NAIDOC week is all about.”

Rebekah said she still couldn’t completely believe how privileged she was to be able to work in a job showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

“Art is active, it is part of our continuous cultures and stories and we are so lucky to be able to care for it for a time,” she said.

“My job is an honour because I get to work with fantastic artists to ensure the stories they have to tell are told in the best way at our gallery.”

Rebekah said NAIDOC week ran alongside the busiest time of year at MAGNT as they gear up to host the 2022 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA).

The annual exhibition is held in August and demonstrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Indigenous artistic practice, and the pre-eminence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, nationwide, within the visual arts.

For more information about what is on at MAGNT, go to the MAGNT website.

Portrait shot of Rebekah Raymond

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