Lake-inspired artwork unveiled at Joondalup Health Campus Naidoc Week celebration

Artist Justin Martin with Joondalup Health Campus chief executive Kempton Cowan. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Artist Justin Martin with Joondalup Health Campus chief executive Kempton Cowan. Picture: Chris Kershaw

JOONDALUP Health Campus staff painted an artwork depicting Joondalup lakelands under artist Justin Martin’s guidance.

The canvas was painted on Close the Gap Day in March to raise awareness about closing the gap in health and life expectancy outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.

It took staff about four hours to paint using gum nuts, seeds, leaves and other natural material.

Mr Martin joined family and hospital staff at a Naidoc Week launch on Monday.

Artist Justin Martin with hospital staff Donnelle Pitkethley and Bianca Howard. Picture: Chris Kershaw

“The painting is a colourful description of Joondalup lakelands,” Mr Martin said.

He explained that the painting highlighted the importance of the lake and all plant and animal species that live there.

“Surrounding the lake, there a number of different important plant and tree species, which Nyungar OK people used,” he said.

“There are also a range of different animals, which inhabit the lakelands, making several trails to the lakes.”

JHC chief executive Kempton Cowan said the painting workshop was a great way to involve staff and raise awareness.