On Wednesday 10 November 2010, Commissioner Elizabeth Fraser presented a painting called ‘Little Hands of the Land’ to the Musgrave Park Cultural Centre (MPCC). The artwork had been created at the NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day at Musgrave Park earlier this year.
The Commissioner had an opportunity to yarn with the Elders at Jagera Arts Centre before the formal presentations took place.
Natalie Alberts, Master of Ceremony and MPCC Program Coordinator, spoke of the challenges and rewards of working at the Centre, which is seeking support for its cultural program which targets children and young people.
Uncle Desmond Sandy provided a Welcome to Country and shared stories about the importance of the people and the land. Musgrave Park is recognised as the traditional meeting place for the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul people.
In her speech, the Commissioner spoke about the mandated role and responsibilities of the Commission and reflected on the title of the artwork ‘Little Hands of the Land’. The Commissioner considered the potential of the children and young people who contributed to the painting and how these hands might shape the future, with an emphasis on the importance of providing care and safety as they grow. View the Commissioner’s speech from the event.
Aunty Joan Collins and Aunty Valda Coolwell assisted the Commissioner with the unveiling of the artwork.
Following this, a traditional dance of welcome was performed by Raymond Walker and his children. Adrian Burragubba spoke of his passion for working in the local community and sharing the culture of his people.
This painting is one of two that was completed by children and young people at this year’s NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day on 9 July, held at Musgrave Park. This particular painting depicts ‘land’ colours and animals, while the other is representative of ‘sea’ colours and animals, which the Commission has named ‘Little Hands from the Sea’.
Each year, the Commission develops an engagement activity to attract families to our NAIDOC Week display and encourages the community, particular children and young people, to access our services.
This year, the Commission employed the talents of Indigenous artists Ms Nancy Torrens and Mr Troy Little. Nancy and Troy designed the backgrounds and then it was up to the children and young people to decide how they included their handprint.
Left to right: Aunty Valda Coolwell, Aunty Joan Collins, Commissioner Elizabeth Fraser, Porsché Walker-Brown and Natalie Alberts
Uncle Desmond Sandy addresses the gathering
Last Updated: November 19, 2010