To preserve a piece of history, Indigenous poet Esther Gardiner has donated the program of an Arts North West exhibition she was part of to the local library.
The 'Art Word Place' exhibition saw artists and wordsmiths from across the New England region combine their talents to create a perfect blend.
Writers were commissioned by Arts North West to craft a short poem; Esther's focused on highlighting Inverell as it was in the dreamtime.
Liz Munro, an Indigenous from Moree, was chosen to pair with Esther on the project. During the regional arts conference, from November 1 2019, the exhibition featured at Tamworth Regional Art Gallery.
Esther wanted to ensure the program, which features many familiar names, was well preserved, easily accessible and looked after for years to come.
"The program has my poem and the artwork done by Liz in it so people will be able to see our work well in the future. The donation is a way I could give back to the community and keep the exhibition alive," Esther said.
"It was a real honour to be part of it. Liz and I were the only two Aboriginal artists chosen so it was special."
Library Services Manager, Sonya Lange, thanked Esther for donating the program, which will be added to the local history collection.
Sonya said contributions such as these were a fabulous opportunity for the library to preserve information for future references.
"Bringing items like this to us allows the library to capture more of what's going on and snapshot it so in 50 years time someone can come in and see their great aunt Esther was in an exhibition. Then they can read those beautiful words and look at the stunning art that went with it," she said.
Peter Champion, John Heffernan, Heather Kerridge, Yvonne Ledingham and Michael Burge were also part of the project. The exhibition program includes the work and biographies of all who participated.