RESPECT – A Cross Council Awakening was a project aimed at re-energising the Australia Council staff's commitment to our Reconciliation Action Plan and the ongoing reconciliation process.

RESPECT was a three-fold project:

  • a ground floor exhibition – a multi-artform exhibition in the ground floor space from 27 May – 01 September 2010. The exhibition displayed works supported by council between 2007 – 2009 that demonstrated the values of respect and collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • public programs –11 activities and events were programmed throughout 2010 to provide staff with an opportunity to meet artists and to learn about Indigenous culture from different regions of Australia
  • the Reconciliation Action Plan – the rewriting of the Australia Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan

Front of Australia Council RESPECT exhibition Mathew Doyle and staff during the smoking ceremony
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The key objectives of the RESPECT project were:

  • to create a high quality ground floor exhibition and public programs event at the Australia Council opening on 27 May 2010
  • to reignite interest in the Australia Council’s commitment to reconciliation
  • to provide staff at the Australia Council with a safe environment for intercultural exchange and to explore the meaning of respect.
Images credit (left to right): Front of Australia Council RESPECT exhibition; Mathew Doyle and staff during the smoking ceremony.
Photos by Sharon Hickey.

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