Dod­son replica has de­but

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

Se­na­tor Pat Dod­son was at the Broome cam­pus of Notre Dame Univer­sity last week to un­veil a por­trait of him­self.

The pho­to­graphic replica re­places the paint­ing of Se­na­tor Dod­son by cel­e­brated artist Zhou Xiaop­ing, which was do­nated to the Na­tional Gallery in Can­berra two years ago.

Thanks to a spe­cial re­quest to Se­na­tor Dod­son and Mr Zhou, it has again taken pride of place along­side the Paint­ing the Fu­ture: Gifts from Coun­try col­lec­tion in the cam­pus li­brary.

Se­na­tor Dod­son — a long-time sup­porter and pro­fes­sor of indige­nous stud­ies from Notre Dame — was the guest of hon­our at the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony.

In 2014, the Lin­giari Foun­da­tion — of which Se­na­tor Dod­son is a found­ing mem­ber — loaned the cam­pus a por­trait of Se­na­tor Dod­son, cre­ated in mixed medium of spray paint, oil and ink.

Head of the Broome cam­pus, Pro­fes­sor Juli Cof­fin, said at a size of 1.88 by 1.37 me­tres, it be­came a fo­cal point for staff stu­dents and vis­i­tors.

“When the Lin­giari Foun­da­tion made the de­ci­sion to share the por­trait with a wider au­di­ence by do­nat­ing it to the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery in Can­berra, every­one on the cam­pus was sad to see it go, so we were de­lighted to hear that it would re­turn in pho­to­graphic form,” she said. “It will be a con­stant re­minder of Pro­fes­sor Dod­son who has been in­te­gral to es­tab­lish­ing the mis­sion of Notre Dame’s Broome cam­pus and con­tin­ues to play a key role in ed­u­cat­ing our stu­dents about Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture, af­fairs and the build­ing of re­la­tion­ships with all Aus­tralians.”

Pro­fes­sor Cof­fin said the work also un­der­scored Se­na­tor Dod­son’s lead­er­ship and ad­vo­cacy of the hu­man rights of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander peo­ples and his on­go­ing con­nec­tion to the Notre Dame com­mu­nity.

Se­na­tor Pat Dod­son at Notre Dame Univer­sity with a photo replica of artist Zhou Xiaop­ing’s paint­ing.

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