Tak­ing it to streets

Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean - - NEWS -

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.

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