Sunday, July 14, 2019

NAIDOC Week Celebrations

I celebrated NAIDOC Week 2019 with a variety of events offered by my local Council.

NAIDOC Week is held annually in Australia in July. It is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.

This year's theme
acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always wanted an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia's democracy.

During NAIDOC Week I attended several events held at Knox Community Arts Centre including a musical theatre performance of THE SAPPHIRES and a film screening of WARRIGAL CREEK MASSACRE followed by a panel discussion.

On a cold and wet Friday I spent a very enjoyable afternoon at the Knox Community Arts Centre listening to MISSION SONGS performed as a quartet by Jessie Lloyd on guitar, Kristel Kickett, Candice Lorrae and Rob Mahoney on double bass.

© Barbara Oehring 2019

(L-R) Kristel, Jessie and Candice
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The MISSION SONGS PROJECT is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999. Jessie Lloyd, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician, has travelled Australia in search of hidden songs. Prof Marcia Langton AM and Archie Roach AM are the project Patrons and Advisors.

Following last Friday's wonderful performance we had a chance to meet the singers in the foyer.

Jessie Lloyd
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CDs and song books were available to purchase. The album The Songs back home - Mission Songs Project include a booklet with chords and lyrics as well as a foreword by Marcia Langton and Uncle Archie.

© Barbara Oehring 2019

 For further information on the MISSION SONGS PROJECT visit

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


I am delighted to announce WRITING OUR PLACE, a workshop at the Ferntree Gully Library on Thursday 4 April 2019 at 2.30PM.

It is presented by Ferntree Gully News team members Anne Boyd, Teresa Cannon and I.
As Ferntree Gully News photographer my topic will be Taking and Submitting Photos.

WRITING OUR PLACE is a free Eastern Regional Libraries event.
Bookings are essential.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


It's been a while since my last post.

For some time now I have used Instagram to show a wide variety of my images. I would like to introduce you to a selection of favourites here.

Tree fern fronds

Coming together


On the way to Powell Street Festival

Storey Hall, RMIT


Lily of the Nile

Grass, tree and sky


Meeting the sea

To explore some of my other work please visit:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ferntree Gully News repackaged: from newsprint to beautiful book.

I am delighted to announce the publication of Ferntree Gully News, Scenes and Stories, 2009-17.

This book is a selection of stories and photographs sourced from the first 50 issues of the newspaper. It is a uniquely drafted portrait of people, individuals and groups, in a special place and time.

My photographs have appeared in every issue of the paper since its inception in 2009. The high standard of the production enhances the many quality photographs that originally were published on newsprint.

Ferntree Gully News, Scenes and Stories, 2009-17 is published by Mountain District Learning Centre.

This beautiful book, priced at $15, is available from MDLC Office, 13-15 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully. Telephone: 03 9758 7859.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Head On Photo Festival AddOn 2018

The 9th annual Head On Photo Festival was launched in Paddington NSW on Friday 4 May, and features exhibitions, workshops, and talks across Sydney.

I am thrilled once more to have been invited to participate in the AddOn photographic show which this year is being held at 541 Art Space in the heart of Sydney's CBD until May 15.

AddOn runs until 15 May 2018 at
541 Art Space
541 Kent Street, Sydney.

Head On Photo Festival runs until 28 May 2018.
For details please go to

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Women Photographers' Exhibition CONCEPTA

I am delighted to again take part in the annual women photographers' exhibition in Melbourne to celebrate International Women's Day and raise funds for UN Women.

Now, in its 8th year, this year's exhibition is titled CONCEPTA.

"Abstract photography focuses on the simplest elements of artistic expression: form, light, colour. The viewer may not see the whole subject within the photograph. In an abstract, the subject is often only a small part of the idea of the image."

CONCEPTA was formally opened by Laura Napolitano, Director of the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne on 4 March 2018.

Laura Napolitano (centre) with 16 of the 21 women photographers represented in the exhibition.

Photo credit: Magnet Facebook

CONCEPTA  is showing  at MAGNET GALLERIES MELBOURNE 2/640 Bourke Street, until 7 April 2018.

Meet the photographer Barbara Oehring:
I will be in attendance on Sunday 25 March 2018 from 2 to 4pm.

Gallery Hours:
Tue- Fri 10am-5pm
Sat/Sun 11am-4pm

P: (03) 8589 0371

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Belgrave Survival Day 2018

The annual Belgrave Survival Day is held on Australia Day 26 January. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples mark this day as Survival Day.

In the town of Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, Australia, the event, now in its 11th year, promotes Indigenous culture and celebrates the survival of the oldest living culture in the world.

It is a wonderful family day and greatly supported by volunteers and the community.

I always make sure I do not miss this celebration. Here is a selection of my photos taken at Belgrave Survival Day 2018.

Cultural information, products and food stalls line Borthwick Park.

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Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson performed Welcome to Country again this year. He spoke of the responsibility that comes with being welcomed to country and reminded all of the importance of caring for the land.

Aurelio Denasha, Ojibwe Native American, was a speaker and performer of song and dance on the day.

© Barbara Oehring 2018

As in previous years the Djirri Djirri Dance Group led by Mandy Nicholson performed traditional songs and dances with Damien Nicholson on didgeridoo.
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This time the youngest members joined in with the singing.

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Mandy Nicholson and little Jirra.

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Fire for the smoking ceremony was made in the traditional way. 

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Gawurra Gaykamangu, Yolngu artist from North East Arnhem Land was the major performer this year.

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For my photos of last year's Belgrave Survival Day please go to: Belgrave Survival Day 2017 - The Photos