Taking it to streets
SPONSORS are being sought for banners that will be on show as part of Reconciliation Week.
More than 500 banners will be displayed across 24 sites around WA, including in the cities of Perth and Vincent and Town of Bassendean.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries co-ordinates the Street Banner Project.
This year’s banner features artwork by Aboriginal artist Tee Jay (Thomas) Worrigal, who was born in Derby and raised at Yiyili on Gooniyandi country, and now lives in Perth.
He was taught to paint by many family Elders and sees his art as an important way to pass on knowledge and continue cultural tradition.
His artwork references the burning of country, rebirth, regrowth and beauty.
“I named my painting Gooniyandi Riwya; it means my country, my homeland,” Tee Jay said.
“What I’ve put on canvas is the vast colours of our country, the rebirth, the burning of country, which is tradition in Aboriginal culture.
“As an individual you have to continuously learn about our culture; this can bring us together to have more acknowledgement and more understanding.”
The graphic design of the banner is by WA Aboriginal designer Jilalga Murray, a Nyangumarta and Yorta Yorta woman who now lives in Noongar country.
Sponsorship applications can be made at www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au until March 27. National Reconciliation Week will be held from May 27 to June 3.
Tee Jay (Thomas) Worrigal has designed this year’s banners.