Reconciliation Art Project
As part of National Reconciliation Week this year, the Living Arts Program from Life Without Barriers (LWB) brought together nine young people to explore Kaurna history and reconciliation, using art as medium. The “Reconciliation Art Project” was made possible thanks to support from Uniting Care Wesley PA, Anglicare SA, Tauondi Aboriginal College and our team here at Reconciliation SA.
On Saturday 6th August, the incredible artwork resulting from this project went on display at the Tandanya Café as part of the 2016 SALA Festival.
We were pleased to join members of the public, staff and supporters from LWB, Kaurna Elder Margaret Brodie, the artists involved in the project (both professional and emerging) and their families. The launch also provided the opportunity to announce the winner of the People’s Choice Award, which was voted on at Rec in the West earlier this year. Young Kyle’s depiction of the Seven Sisters’ Dreaming story was announced the winner, and will form the basis for next year’s Rec in the West poster.
L’hibou Hornung the Coordinator of the Living Arts Program, spoke at the opening about the role art plays in facilitating meaningful reconciliation. She said that reconciliation rests on three basic premices;
· that the Aboriginal peoples of Australia are the original inhabitants of this land,
· they have experienced many significant losses,
· all Australians should live together in harmony.
Art,she continued, allows us to explore our thoughts on what reconciliation may look like, providing better understanding of both process and outcome. She concluded by noting that the diverse artwork of the young people hanging in the Tandanya Café is a reminder that there are many ways to see the world.
The Reconciliation Art Project is an example of LWB’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in action. Under the guidance of Malcolm Gollan and Phi Theodoros, with this project LWB has taken reconciliation beyond a single week in May, making it a permanent feature of the work that they do. Reconciliation SA congratulate LWB and their Living Arts Program on this worthwhile initiative.