Something very special took place in a vacant shed in Lord Street last week celebrating Aboriginal women.
A creative cartel of around twenty volunteer artisans– both Aboriginal and white, from several different nations – are putting the final touches on a mosaic sculpture for NAIDOC week in alignment with the theme “Because of her, we can!”.
Standing over two metres tall and covered in vibrant glass tile, the sculpture will be a striking addition to Gladstone where it will be donated as a public art project, possibly to the Gladstone Hospital.
Round and motherly and reminiscent of ancient representations of women, the designs on the sculpture represent the many journeys and contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.
Leading the group are local artists Katrina Elliott and Celia Cooke and a changing collective of individuals and groups who have joined them over two weeks to collaborate and talk – working together to place figures, rivers, paths and fish on the abundant sculpture.
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.