Aboriginal artwork gifted to IWC

AN ARTWORK titled Sacred gkaidjamfula (white cockatoo) has been gifted to the IWC and is set to take pride of place in the IWC's Bundaberg integrated health and wellbeing centre.

The artwork, which was won by Dino Ciocca in a charity auction at the 2015 NAIDOC Ball on 11 July, is by respected Aboriginal artist Sean Leathers.

"Gkaidjamfula (white cockatoo) he walked with the first tribal ancestor beings," said Mr Leather about the artwork.

"From a very long time ago, gkaidjamfula was the carrier of the spirits, when the body dies, the spirit enters into gkaidjamfula."

He added: "This is gkaidjamfula journey throughout the time of creation."

The artwork was gifted by the artist to Bundaberg NAIDOC, and was put into the charity auction held on 11 July. The winning bid was Mr Ciocca's.

He subsequently presented the artwork to the IWC, which is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of both indigenous and non-indigenous people across the Bundaberg and Wide Bay / Burnett regions.

"I wanted to donate the artwork because IWC provides a holistic service to all of communities and provides great care," said Mr Ciocca.

IWC CEO Ara Harathunian said the artwork would be placed on display at the IWC Health and Wellbeing Centre in Barolin St, Bundaberg.

"We invite people to come and view it," he said. "This is a community-run organisation and we are open to everyone, Indigenous or non-Indigenous.

"Sean Leather is a highly regarded and much-respected Aboriginal artist, and through this artwork he delivers an insight into our First Nation Peoples' history and traditions."

IWC Director and Chaplain Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian said:  "When I saw the painting I knew that the artist was Brother Sean, because I have seen his art hung in significant buildings in far North Queensland and elsewhere. 

"His style is uniquely complex and from a deep place within it me, it speaks of his spiritual connectedness to his sacred lands.  You can see that he knows the country that owns him.  

"It was very humbling to be gifted the painting - such an amazing and beautiful gift. It fits so well into the Aboriginal cultural ethos that the IWC incorporates in all services provided."

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