Community invited to help paint Aboriginal artwork for Hawkesbury hospital

HAWKESBURY Hospital is putting the call-out to members of the community to contribute to a huge artwork that will celebrate the local Aboriginal culture and will hang on the hospital walls for years to come.

Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer Vicki Thom, coordinator of the project, said anyone from the community could get involved in the project, regardless of their age or ability.

Community painting: (L) Director of Mission Martin Teulan, Aboriginal Community Liason Officer Vicki Thom and Director of Nursing David Simmonds are putting the call to Aboriginal artists to paint a mural to be hung on a wall at the Hawkesbury Hospital. Picture: Geoff Jones

Community painting: (L) Director of Mission Martin Teulan, Aboriginal Community Liason Officer Vicki Thom and Director of Nursing David Simmonds are putting the call to Aboriginal artists to paint a mural to be hung on a wall at the Hawkesbury Hospital. Picture: Geoff Jones

Ms Thom said participants did not need to be artists, as the project was designed to be inclusive.

"Whether you can paint or not, it doesn't matter, you will be part of something that is going to be so lovely and will hang on the wall for years and years," Ms Thom told the Gazette.

"All the materials will be provided - even food - and you just have to bring your body."

The artwork will be 10 metres long and will hand in the main corridor at the hospital, outside the Florence Risby Ward.

The planned artwork will be a representation of the Hawkesbury, land of the Darug, and will celebrate the Aboriginal culture of our region.

"It's going to be really bright and colourful and will tell the story of the area," said Ms Thom.

"It's a big combined community painting, so everyone can be a part of it, school kids and all."

Participants can contact Ms Thom for more information on 4560 5776 or via Facebook at Mad Mob Aboriginal Corp, or simply turn up at the Hawkesbury Community Nursery, 10 Mulgrave Road, Mulgrave, for an initial brainstorm meeting on September 4 at 10.30am.

Ms Thom said at this stage she was looking at holding painting meets every Friday or every second Friday, however, participants could participate as much or as little as they wanted.

The plan is to hang the painting for the new National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations from November 8-15.

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