Celebrating NAIDOC Week

Olivia Wilson Rainbow Islands 2014

Olivia Wilson
Rainbow Islands
2014

St John of God Murdoch Hospital is celebrating NAIDOC Week with the opening of a beautiful exhibition, Serving Country: Then and Now, in our Linking Gallery.

“This year’s NAIDOC theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country. From warriors in the Frontier Wars to warriors who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe to the many artists that fiercely express their own creativity, providing a truly unique and contemporary voice.

Many of today’s Indigenous artists have embraced the political empowerment of creative expression and have used this vehicle to explore their histories and circumstances and challenge the status quo. They have with a purpose and a desire made art so that it may build new understandings, elevate dialogue and foster opportunities for their people.

This exhibition captures the essence of Indigenous art today – it embraces diversity, the unexpected, the tough, the beautiful, the hidden, the obvious, the political and the personal. They speak of their lives, their histories, their land, their families and communities and their place – at home and within Australia and the world. Whilst simultaneously respecting the achievements and lives of the generations which have gone before they now foster a desire to communicate, to change and to challenge.”

Connie Petrillo
Manager Arts Program
St John of God Murdoch Hospital

The exhibition will run until the end of September.

Barney Ellaga Cox River 2006

Barney Ellaga
Cox River
2006

Turkey Toulson Straightening on the Spears 2002

Turkey Toulson
Straightening on the Spears
2002

 

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