NAIDOC Week 2022
This NAIDOC Week, our La Galerie and lobby has transformed into a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples thanks to our partners at Mitchell Fine Art.
National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on Earth.
This year’s theme calls on each of us to ‘Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up’ for systemic change and to keep rallying around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
The collection of art which currently hangs in La Galerie and behind reception has been meticulously curated, with pieces selected that not only complement one another, but which showcases artists that have had an incredible influence on their communities and have used art as a tool for progress and self-determination. This includes the reclamation of traditional homelands and establishing sources of income that have benefitted and grown the communities. These artists certainly have and continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for their communities.
This collection will stay on display until the end of the month, before showcasing a new artist’s work.
Proud to have a long-standing partnership with Mitchell Fine Art, located here in Meanjin (Brisbane), the gallery works with both independent artists and community art centres. They have been incredibly fortunate to work with some of Aboriginal Australia’s most prominent and influential artists over the past three decades. Their longest relationship with a living artist is about 25 years. Art for many of these artists has multiple benefits. It is a form of cultural maintenance where they are not only documenting stories and events of great cultural and historical importance, but they are also passing on this information to subsequent generations. It is also a vital source of income in areas of limited opportunity to generate an income. The art supports an extended family and community where few other options are available.
All artworks on display are supplied by Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley and are available for sale. For enquiries please contact the gallery directly on 07 3254 2297.