Art tells a shared story

Artist Thomas Marks speaking at the exhibition's opening. (Supplied)

Michaela Meade

The stories of the Stolen Generations are being shared in a new exhibition in Hume.

The exhibition brings together the work of Aboriginal artists and tells the stories of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who was separated from their family, community, traditional culture and country under past government acts or legislation.

Artist Thomas Marks said the opportunity to share his story meant a lot.

“I’m just proud that my artwork can be exhibited,” Marks said.

“It’s good to be acknowledged… because a lot of things that I’ve faced in my life as a Stolen Generations person have been negative.

“It’s good to have a positive in the mix.”

Marks said he was proud to contribute his work to the exhibition.

“My art’s given me my identity back, of who I am and where I’m from,” he said.

The exhibition was curated by Link-Up, an organisation providing support to the Stolen Generations to find their family, and families to find members who are Stolen Generations people.

Link-Up Victoria program manager Ben Murray said the exhibition is testament to the strength and resilience of the Stolen Generations.

“There are amazing artworks on display that speak to the heart and soul and provide a glimpse into Aboriginal culture,” Ms Murray said.

The exhibition can be seen at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery in Craigieburn until Sunday, August 22.