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Celebrating Reconciliation Week through art

Reconciliation Week at St John of God Accord

The stories behind three Aboriginal artworks hanging in the St John of God Accord Welcome Lounge were shared with Accord clients and caregivers last week as a part of Accord’s National Reconciliation Week activities.

The artworks, created by Aboriginal artist Shane Lovett, include a piece depicting Bunjil the Creator Spirit known as the eagle which Accord resident artists chose last year during a visit to The Torch in St Kilda.

The Torch program provides a platform for cultural exploration, expression and strengthening for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the field of art.

Shane also created the two other pieces, acknowledging Accord’s clients love of the turtle and frog, after he was commissioned to create them specifically for Accord.

Each of Shane’s paintings tells his own Aboriginal story, portraying his culture, clan and family heritage.

Shane’s artwork now hangs in our Welcome Lounge acknowledging the cross-cultural difference and it’s our hope that through art common boundaries are formed and the ability for inclusion can exist.

As a part of Accord’s National Reconciliation Week activities, caregivers and clients gathered in their Welcome Lounge to hear the stories of the artwork as well as speeches from Neal Murphy, Group Manager, Social Justice Advocacy, Tony Hollamby, CEO, James McDonald, Director of Mission Integration, and Kristel Bonetti Greensborough Community Campus Manager, all sharing their experiences, knowledge and our continuous effort to aligning with the Indigenous Community.

A morning tea, lots of conversations and an enlightenment about the journey of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community completed the celebrations.