The Indigenous art project ‘Togetherness’ was officially unveiled during a ceremony at the Rosedurnate Aged Care Plus Centre on Wednesday.
Phillip Snow, Administration Assistant for Rosedurnate Aged Care Plus Centre, delivered the welcoming address at the unveiling of the new artwork entitled "Unity - Ngumba-da". This is the combination of the English and the local indigenous Wiradjuri language for Unity – togetherness.
Prominent local indigenous artist Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney together with Sean Cassidy worked with Rosedurnate Aged Care Plus Centre residents and local pre-school children from Parkes Early Childhood Centre to create the large mural (about 6 x 5 foot) to hang in the entrance of the Centre.
Lloyd Barber, an Indigenous resident of Rosedurnate Aged Care Plus Centre made his mark by placing the first hand prints on the painting with a hand print in the bottom right and left hand corner and a print in the middle to signify unity with a triangle.
The project involved 15 two and three-year-olds from Parkes Early Childhood Centre who added their hand prints over the residents of Rosedurnate Aged Care Plus Centre hand prints.
Centre Manager for Rosedurnate Aged Care Plus Centre, Leona Fisher, said the canvas looks amazing.
“It is great to see our Indigenous residents engaging with other local indigenous people and artists within the community,” she said.
Aged Care Plus is delighted Sean Cassidy is donating one of his own artworks to put in the residential aged care centre to continue the theme and passion of this project and cementing the Centre’s commitment to Unity with all cultures and beliefs.