Art show help detainees celebrate

THIS year the NAIDOC theme acknowledges the centenary of Gallipoli, with the theme “Serving Country, Centenary and Beyond”.

At the opening: Andrew Horne on the digeridoo

At the opening: Andrew Horne on the digeridoo

Specifically, the spotlight has been turned onto all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of Australia, including the warriors in the frontier wars as well as those who have served honourably in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements.

Jarad Brown, Sheila McAlpine, Maryanne Haslam, Andrew Taylor

Jarad Brown, Sheila McAlpine, Maryanne Haslam, Andrew Taylor

To this end, Southside Community Services Inc. have created a ‘NAIDOC Week art gallery’ at their Narrabundah headquarters for an exhibition on this year’s NAIDOC theme.

This exhibition-with-a-difference builds on the success of the 2013 collaboration between Southside Community Services Inc. and ACT Corrective Services to present a NAIDOC Week Aboriginal art show featuring artworks from ACT Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander detainees from the Alexander Maconachie Centre, offering these artists a unique opportunity to participate in the NAIDOC celebrations.

Tony LoPilato, President Southside Community Services Inc. with  Noah and Steve Dozpot

Tony LoPilato, President Southside Community Services Inc. with Noah and Steve Dozpot

Gallery on Southside was established in 2005 and was opened by the then ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope in 2006. It is situated in the Southside Community Services building at 63 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah and most recently held the “Seniors on Show” Exhibition to support Seniors Week 2014.

Arthur Huggins and Mark Bartlett

Arthur Huggins and Mark Bartlett

The  opening last Friday brought a crowd of participants and well-wishers for the show, which runs for two more weeks. Some of the works will be offered for sale.

“Serving Country, Centenary and Beyond” at Gallery on Southside, 63 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah, weekdays, 9am – 5:30pm until Friday July 25, all welcome.

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