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Artwork begins Reconciliation

aftm-exhibition Luke Mallie, Beauty in Diversity, 2017

A beautiful and unique piece of artwork has paved Wesley Mission Queensland’s journey towards reconciliation and aspirations for an inclusive society.

The organisation has launched its Reconciliation Action Plan after unveiling ‘Beauty in Diversity’, an original design from award winning Indigenous artist Luke Mallie.

Through the action plan, Wesley Mission Queensland has pledged to incorporate more diversity into the organisation, advocating for opportunities, equality, dignity and the wellbeing of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Wesley Mission Queensland Chief Executive Officer Geoff Batkin said the gap in social equality between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians remains wide and persistent.

“Wesley Mission Queensland is an integral part of the Uniting Church in Australia. Our purpose is to participate in the mission of God towards reconciliation, transformation, justice and hope for all people,” Mr Batkin said.  

“By taking action, we as an organisation can make a significant contribution and lend our voice to positive change.

“We have developed this Reconciliation Action Plan in consultation with Indigenous elders and staff and volunteers. This plan cements our commitment to grow our Indigenous workforce, increase cultural awareness in our workplaces and provide services and programs that are culturally sensitive and support the Indigenous community. 

“We now have the opportunity to walk alongside other industry leaders on a national journey towards reconciliation,” Mr Batkin said.

Luke Mallie has beautifully captured WMQ’s acknowledgement of the past and journey towards reconciliation with Australia’s first peoples.

“As soon as I read the brief a vision of nature came up and the bright colours represent the future to me, even now the present and moving forward seems bright in comparison to the past,” Luke said. “I wanted to make it different to other Aboriginal art work.”

“Beauty in Diversity” is now on display at Art from the Margins, Fortitude Valley. The exhibition is open for viewing from Monday, 13th March until Monday, 10th April. If you wish to view the exhibition, please call 07 3151 6655.

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