Dedication - Marlene McAuliffe

I want to take this opportunity to explain who this exhibition is dedicated to and why.  Marlene McAuliffe was the best of friends to me for over 30 yrs, enfolding me into her family.  Marlene died in 2017.  She was a person who valued friendship; who listened; who was curious and loved beauty; who made each person she spoke to feel important and cherished; who made friends into family.  Those of us who new her know that we were lucky, that our lives are richer for it and always will be.

Marlene's spirit embodies what this exhibition is about. Being curious, seeking beauty, being willing to learn, to cherish and to welcome.


The Exhibition in NAIDOC at Deloitte 2-18 July

This time last year I had not even conceived of anything like this exhibition.  It is exciting to see  the exhibition up looking beautiful .  Tiffany came and photographed the portraits for the exhibition booklet and for the posters on each floor of Deloitte Melbourne that showcase the portraits and their stories. Clients at the Deloitte visitor Centre are giving great feedback.  People are learning more positive stories about Aboriginal culture in action today.

David, Anthony and Simon doing a great job of hanging Keys To Our Country for NAIDOC at Deloitte Melbourne L10, 550 Bourke St.

The portraits have the story of the  person painted posted next to them and a QR code so the viewer can watch the time lapse video of the picture being painted and listen to the singing of that person or music by Gordon Harvey and Aquiline.

As I have said before reconciliation is complex.  One part is recognition of history as it happened.  The part this exhibition focuses on is on applauding those Aboriginals who are helping us build stronger futures through bringing their culture into their work and being open to helping the broader community learn more about Aboriginal Culture.

I hope that more people will take an Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Botanic Gardens, or the Museum, or seek out books like Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu to learn more about history as it happened.  Learning more about the land on which we live can have unexpected benefits.  Try it - you won't be disappointed.

My thanks to Deloitte for their generosity in hosting the exhibition and joining their RAP - Reconciliation Action Plan, with mine.  Special thanks to Adrian Gardiner and Rob Pluchinotta for their energy and great work in getting the exhibition up.  May their community actions go from strength to strength.

The paintings are for sale at with the profits going to Yalari for Aboriginal Education.

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Meta Tiffany - Tiffany photographing Tiffany photographing... 

 Savouring the moment with Den's portrait just as we finished hanging the exhibition.

 Savouring the moment with Den's portrait just as we finished hanging the exhibition.



Preparing for Exhibition

Well, we are almost there.  I am on my twelfth portrait and have to have them all ready for being photographed by Tiffany on the weekend.  Really I couldn't have worked any harder but nothing could have been so rewarding.  I have met such amazing people and learned so much about Aboriginal culture.  This is my RAP Reconciliation Action Plan.  I hope it inspires others to embark on their own.  If only to be curious and learn more about our Aboriginal culture and shared history.

Deloitte the international Financial and Consulting Services Firm are hosting the Keys To Our Country exhibition in NAIDOC week here in Melbourne.  The Exhibition will go up at the start of July.  

Currently the portraits are getting framed and we are in event organising mode with a wonderful Team at Deloitte from their RAP committee organising the event.  I'll keep you posted of the official details soon.

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We Are On Our Way


The launch of ‘Keys To Our Country’ was a moving and happy event.  Den Fisher presided with a smoking ceremony that gave the event gravitas – it drew people in to the meaning of the project – all Australians celebrating aboriginal heritage and being part of that culture.

Den’s portrait was unveiled and the project explained to the group assembled. It was very encouraging to hear the comments of support and well wishing.  All present were encouraged to sign up to the Keys to Our Country website in order to get updates as each portrait is done.  Each update will explain the work of that individual and help us all learn more and be able to create meaningful conversations around the strengths of Aboriginal culture. 

We all shared lemon myrtle muffins and tea and those congregated took away a Celia Moriarty Art 2018 calendar.