Aboriginal art on display at ‘The Art of Wellbeing’ Competition and Exhibition

Not-for-profit organisation, Richmond Wellbeing, officially opened the inaugural ‘The Art of Wellbeing’ competition and exhibition on Friday 3 November at the ANZ Office in Allendale Square, Perth.

The competition has provided members of the West Australian Aboriginal community with an opportunity to share their culture through their art, by submitting their interpretation of ‘wellbeing’ in their chosen artistic form. Culminated into an exhibition of the same name, ‘The Art of Wellbeing’ showcases the work of 20 Western Australian finalists as well as the collaborative piece Embrace, by contemporary Australian artist Janine Daddo and Noongar artist Wendy Hayden.

Janine Daddo and Wendy Hayden, Embrace

Daddo comments, ‘Embrace… a joyous celebration of compassion, understanding and acceptance of all in the community. Embrace the true you, embrace each other and build a strong confident community. Embrace the future, let love unite the world!

‘In this painting the embodiment of growth and resilience is depicted in the embracing arms of our friend/family aloft the beautiful tree of life.’

Hayden adds, “The six colours represent the six seasons in a year for the Noongar people. The strokes represent our moving patterns during each season and especially working time and recreational time with families.

‘The Art also represents working together and bringing about reconciliation between Noongar and Wodjala women (black and white). May this painting and engagement with all participants be the beginning of moving forward together in the future.’

Wendy Hayden painting

Sponsored by ANZ, the exhibition is currently on show in the foyer of Perth’s Allendale Square building until 14 November 2017. All works will be auctioned with a significant part of the proceeds directed towards Richmond Wellbeing’s Aboriginal mental health programs. Bidding takes place at the exhibition site on the night of Tuesday 14 November or online by visiting www.rw.org.au