Incorporating local Aboriginal art into our organisational culture holds great significance for Communicare and demonstrates our commitment to the aspirations outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
It fosters a deep sense of cultural inclusivity and respect, by acknowledging and celebrating the rich culture of Australia’s First Nations Peoples and the land we all live on.
This week, we can unveil the new artwork we commissioned, Baalap Kep Waankiny (two people talking by the water) by artist Bennell Collard, aged 13, from Dooga Waalitj Healing – an organisation we are proud to partner with.
Baalap Kep Waankiny is the story of two people sitting by the side of a Bilya (River) talking about seeking support to make their Wirrin ‘spirit’ stronger and creating connections to support healing.
Bennell Collard is a Wadjuk Ballardong Koolangka who has deep connections to his Nyungar culture. Bennell is a young and emerging Nyungar leader in his community and has a passion for art, dance and music. Bennell has been commissioned for several art pieces over the last few years.
This new artwork will be embedded across our organisation, reflecting our unique identity and creating a visually engaging environment; it’s a form of cultural expression that goes beyond mere decoration to be a true acknowledgement of our commitment and respect for the reconciliation journey.
Integrating Aboriginal art within our organisation can play a role in promoting diversity, fostering a sense of belonging among employees and clients, and contributing to the broader dialogue on reconciliation and cultural understanding.
This artwork is another meaningful step towards creating an inclusive and respectful organisational culture for all of us, whatever our background.