Angela Marr-Grogan wins Port Macquarie Airport Terminal Building Aboriginal Artwork Design Competition

Meaning shines through: Angela Marr-Grogan is passionate about cultural arts and sharing her love of it with others. Photo: Available Light Images

Meaning shines through: Angela Marr-Grogan is passionate about cultural arts and sharing her love of it with others. Photo: Available Light Images

An Aboriginal artwork, which is contemporary, bold and fresh in design, will welcome visitors and residents at the upgraded Port Macquarie Airport terminal building.

Artist and designer Angela Marr-Grogan won Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's Port Macquarie Airport Terminal Building Aboriginal Artwork Design Competition.

Her artwork will be translated onto a vinyl wall graphic in the upgraded airport terminal building.

Mrs Marr-Grogan said she was very excited to hear her artwork was selected.

"As a local Aboriginal woman, I am always honoured to share my love of cultural arts and connection to country," she said.

Mrs Marr-Grogan describes the artwork as a welcoming piece titled Guudji Yiigu Birrbayga Barrayga, which means Welcome to Birpai Country in her traditional language of Gathang.

"It highlights Birpai country's beauty and my people's connection to it," she said.

"The artwork is typical of my artistic style and is contemporary, bold and fresh in design.

I was born and raised in Port Macquarie "Guruk" and I was excited about the opportunity to create a special piece welcoming people to my hometown.

Angela Marr-Grogan

"It symbolises our song lines and story, featuring our local totems "gimbay", as well as highlighting our stunning saltwater and freshwater waterways."

Mrs Marr-Grogan's inspiration, as with most of her artworks, came from her connection to and love of country.

"I was born and raised in Port Macquarie "Guruk" and I was excited about the opportunity to create a special piece welcoming people to my hometown," she said.

Mrs Marr-Grogan is passionate about cultural arts and sharing her love of it with others.

"I like to create artworks that are not only aesthetically pleasing to look at but the story and the meaning behind those works shine through," she said.

"This piece also features my traditional language of Gathang - being able to celebrate and share my love of language within my creative works is the perfect cultural creative fusion.

"I hope that this love translates to others and that everyone enjoys the piece as much as I loved creating it."

Mrs Marr-Grogan, a Birrbay woman born and raised in Port Macquarie, now lives in the hinterland area of Huntingdon.

The artist and designer specialises in culturally-inspired imagery and design and also enjoys creating private commissioned art and forever pieces for family homes as well as custom gifts.

"My creative world is always evolving and I'm excited about exploring more opportunities in cultural arts teaching and consultation," she said.

"Encouraging and supporting community artists to create not only for cultural reasons but for the opportunities that art and design can bring is a focus area.

"It's exciting times in terms of cultural arts with an increasing interest in and demand for Aboriginal art and practises locally.

"There's a growing appreciation within the wider community who are valuing the tradition, story and beauty of Aboriginal art forms."

Mrs Marr-Grogan is also active in protecting Aboriginal artists' rights.

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