The Saltwater Women’s Art Group started in July 2004 and was given a traditional name Gehi Yubay Dubay (Saltwater Women) by a well respected Bundjalung Elder.
The group meets in Ballina every Thursday for 4 hours to create, learn new art skills and share their creative ideas. Meeting and working together on projects is an important part of connecting and supporting each other. The Saltwater Women have a strong connection and bond within their community, they like to reflect back to the past years & share the stories of their childhood memories living and growing up on Cabbage Tree Island. Today in 2021 the Saltwater have commenced their group sessions and are eager to create new designs and experimenting with new mediums as well as up-skilling in areas that will empower them as an individual artists.
The Saltwater Women’s Art Group is supported by the Bunjum Culture Matters Project, which assists local Aboriginal artists/groups to develop and promote their works so they can continue to express their culture and language via visual arts & crafts, paintings, sculptures, textiles etc.
The Bunjum Culture Matters Project workers ensure our local cultural identity, language, traditional values and community cultural activities are maintained and raise the profile of Aboriginal art and language within our local community.