An exhibition of local Indigenous artists who have been engaged in the Westmead Connectivity Centre project was held last week to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018. Indigenous mentor Rebecca Ryan and Axis Plumbing apprentice Kenny Dickson were joined by local painter John Hines and Indigenous carvings provided by Kirk Cain.
"Today is a celebration of our family, our friends and our community. We wanted to come together to recognise NAIDOC week and acknowledge the rich culture and heritage of aboriginal people," said Connectivity Centre Project Manager Jo Osborne.
This year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her we can’ holds particular significance for Rebecca Ryan.
“Art is how I express myself, how I deal with difficult times and good times. My grandma has been my inspiration and my driving force. I want my kids to know that if I can do this so can they," she said.
Displays of bush medicines and a BBQ with kangaroo and crocodile were enjoyed by all!
The artworks are currently on display at the Westmead Connectivity Centre and will be moved to the Westmead Hospital for display at the end of July.