The project provided an opportunity for Australia Council staff to participate and work together in a respectful environment, through the exchange and celebration of Australian Indigenous Culture.
The project has established and reenergised the reconciliation process and the rewriting of the Reconciliation Action Plan. The first draft is due to be completed by the end of 2010.
The RESPECT exhibition and internal public program of activities allowed all staff to participate in a range of interactive activities, including the Curatorium, the Smoking and Opening Ceremony and the public programs.
The highlight and one of the main strengths of the project was the incredible generosity and goodwill given by the special guests, Indigenous artists, invited to come and share their stories, talents and knowledge / skills with staff.
The project has established a safe space for engaging with Indigenous culture, while raising the awareness about the importance of understanding and working together in the reconciliation process.
All events and works exhibited during the RESPECT project have demonstrated artistic excellence.
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A message from the CEO about the RESPECT exhibition
'This exhibition brought together excellent and thought provoking art which has been created by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and communities working together.'
'This selection of works supported by the Australia Council explores what respect means in our daily lives, through acknowledging our past and unresolved issues, our mutual understanding, and offering support for each other and safe spaces for people to speak up.'
'This exhibition is undertaken by the staff of the Australia Council as part of our own reconciliation action plan. We would like to thank guest curator Djon Mundine OAM and all the artists who have collaborated with us in developing RESPECT.'
Kathy Keele, CEO
Australia Council for the Arts
Images credit (left to right): Barthulha Webs and Alice Springs Bennie Festival installation, RESPECT exhibition; Mathew Doyle; Pemulwuy Dream Team installation, RESPECT exhibition. Photos by Sharon Hickey.