Embrace: piece created for opening of The Art of Wellbeing at Cannington’s Richmond Wellbeing


Wendy Hayden working on Embrace.
Wendy Hayden working on Embrace.

THE creativity and artistic skills of the local indigenous community is on show in a new art competition and exhibition.

Cannington not-for-profit Richmond Wellbeing officially opened The Art of Wellbeing on Friday, which asks participants to create an artwork that showed their interpretation of ‘wellbeing’.

A collaborative piece of art created by contemporary Australian artist Janine Daddo and Noongar artist Wendy Hayden is also part of the exhibition.

Hayden said their piece Embrace was a celebration of compassion, understanding and acceptance.

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

“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.”

The artwork will be exhibited in the foyer of the Allendale Square building in Perth until November 14.

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