Dennis is a Kamilaroi man, recipient of the 2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship through Create NSW and a humble but inspiring artist with strong family ties to the Moree and Collarenebri areas.
In March 2021, Dennis visited the BAMM site to began a process of community outreach and consultation. Originally set open in late June 2021 (delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions), Dennis is in the process of completing a full redesign of our permanent Indigenous cultural objects exhibition space, including a mural that brings the landscape of Kamilaroi Country into BAMM to better serve our community as a place of keeping.
The completed mural ties in perfectly with the 2021 NAIDOC theme 'Heal Country!', focusing on the topography of our region's landscape, the significant cultural objects that have come from many communities across Australia to be held in keeping by BAMM, and geometric patterns that pay homage to the traditional designs of carved trees and dendroglyphs on Gamilaroi land, revived in contemporary ochre and magenta tones.
The ongoing project will soon see Indigenous cultural objects from the BAMM Collection find rest on the feature wall where Dennis stands.
This project is supported by the CreateNSW Rescue and Restart package.