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    Exhibition adds to colour of annual Reef Feast festival

    Dreamtime stories of bush tucker will be part of Palm Cove’s Reef Feast festival in October with Pandanus Gallery set to launch a food inspired exhibition of Aboriginal art to coincide with the annual culinary celebration.

    The Bush Tucker exhibition will feature paintings from around Australia, with gallery director Anna La Fontaine saying the art depicted traditional hunting and food gathering practices.

    “We have brought together the work of artists from a diverse range of remote Indigenous communities illustrating the food they hunt and gather on their traditional lands,” she said.

    “Each painting depicts a food story such as Marita Napurulla Marshall’s Bush Banana Dreaming showing Yuparil, a windy creeper with creamy coloured flowers that produces fruit after both fire and rain.

    "With titles including Bush Potato Dreaming, Kangaroo Dreaming, Bush Carrot Dreaming, Bush Tucker in Limmen Bight, Brush-tail Possum Dreaming and Emu Dreaming, this exhibition will add artistic flavour to Reef Feast.

    Works from artists in Borroloola, Yuendumu, Alice Springs and Aurukun will feature in the exhibition.

    Dr Geraldine McGuire from Rainforest Bounty will open the exhibition on October 7.

    The exhibition runs until November 10 at Pandanus Gallery, Palm Cove.