Artists and art lovers gathered at Retrospect Galleries on Thursday March 5th to celebrate the launch of a new publication celebrating contemporary Aboriginal art of the Northern Rivers region.

A stunning 84-page full colour publication, A Special Kind of Vision showcases diverse contemporary work from 26 local Indigenous artists, who were selected from almost 70 Indigenous artists surveyed across the region last year.

The publication is a first for Indigenous artists in the region and across the state.

It shines the light on some of the incredibly talented artists living in the region, including established artists such as Digby Moran, Garth Lena and Karla Dickens, as well as talented emerging artists such as Joanne Lapic, who are just starting their careers.

The book is also evidence of the exceptional work happening in a region that has, until now, struggled to be visible on the national Indigenous arts landscape.

The launch of the book also included a preview of an exhibition of works by 25 of the featured artists, which is on now at Retrospect Galleries,  until March 26.

Lois Randall, CEO of Arts Northern Rivers believes that the public will be overwhelmed by the exceptional standard and range of works included in this exhibition.

“I encourage everyone to go to Retrospect Galleries and see for themselves how stunning the artwork is, and to buy a copy of the book as well,” she says.

A Special Kind of Vision was launched by Chris Bonney, Program Officer for the Australia Council for the Arts’ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Unit, who flew up from Sydney for the event.

Copies of the book are now available from Arts Northern Rivers, 6628 8120 or Retrospect Galleries, Jonson St (opp Great Northern) Byron Bay 6680 8825, RRP $38.50.