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.
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.