Mo­men­tous art­work

Canning Times - - NEWS -

THE cre­ativ­ity and artis­tic skills of the lo­cal in­dige­nous com­mu­nity is on show in a new art com­pe­ti­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion.

Can­ning­ton not-for-profit Rich­mond Well­be­ing of­fi­cially opened The Art of Well­be­ing on Friday, which asks par­tic­i­pants to cre­ate an art­work that showed their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of ‘well­be­ing’.

A col­lab­o­ra­tive piece of art, by con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian artist Janine Daddo and Noon­gar artist Wendy Hay­den, is also part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Ms Hay­den said their piece Em­brace was a cel­e­bra­tion of com­pas­sion, un­der­stand­ing and ac­cep­tance.

“The six colours rep­re­sent the six sea­sons in a year for the Noon­gar peo­ple and the strokes rep­re­sent our mov­ing pat­terns dur­ing each sea­son, es­pe­cially work­ing time and recre­ational time with fam­i­lies,” she said.

“The art also rep­re­sents work­ing to­gether and bring­ing about rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween Noon­gar and Wod­jala women (black and white).

“May this paint­ing and en­gage­ment with all par­tic­i­pants be the be­gin­ning of mov­ing for­ward to­gether in the fu­ture.”

The art­work will be ex­hib­ited in the foyer of the Al­len­dale Square build­ing in Perth un­til Novem­ber 14.

Wendy Hay­den work­ing on Em­brace.

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