Indigenous art and music took centre stage at a silent auction last night showcasing the art of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living in Queensland’s urban areas.
Speaking at the exhibition Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt acknowledged the importance of art in the culture of urban Indigenous people.
“Engaging with art and culture is important for the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” Mr Pitt said.
“Many people are not aware that the term ‘Aboriginal health’ does not just relate to the physical wellbeing of an individual, it is a cornerstone of the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of our indigenous communities.
“For thousands of years, art, music, dance and story have all been central to the expression of the identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.”
Held at the Watch House in Bowen Hills, the evening featured the artworks of a number of emerging young local talents including renowned Kabi-Kabi artist Bianca Beetson.
Participants from the Deadly Sistas program and trainees from the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health submitted a number of artworks for auction.
Mr Pitt said the exhibition and auction were the brainchild of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, the Wirrpanda Foundation and the Watch House Gallery, located at the Twelfth Night Theatre at Bowen Hills.
“Improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is the responsibility of everyone and requires strong commitment from individuals, communities, industries and businesses, non-government organisations and all levels of government – this evening we have seen this commitment in action,” Mr Pitt said.
“When we link together our efforts, key strategies, programs and initiatives we increase our ability to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and adults in Queensland”.