A series of public art panels have been given a second life, going on display in the Parkes CBD for the second time as part of this year's NAIDOC celebrations.
Council have partnered with the St Vincent de Paul Society to have the 'Erratic Symbiosis, Unearthing Past Voices - Sowing Future Visions' panels installed on the exterior wall of the Parkes Vinnies shop, facing the Post Office carpark.
The artwork was part of a temporary exhibition back in 2017, formally located on the corner of Church and Clarinda Streets, as part of the NAIDOC celebrations that year.
Council's Destination Development Manager, Kelly Hendry said "by repurposing the panels, we are extending the life of the artwork, brightening the CBD, giving exposure to the local artists, but more importantly, promoting the message of reconciliation and working together as a community for a shared future."
"A big thank you to the St Vincent de Paul Society for supporting the public art program and offering their wall to display the artwork."
The paintings were a collaborative project between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups and individuals, including local artists Scott Turnbull, Sean Cassidy and Scott 'Sauce' Towney, as well as Parkes Painters, Parkes Potters and Craft Corner.
The panels have just been installed in their new location, to coincide with 2019 NAIDOC Week (7 - 14 July).
The theme for this year's NAIDOC Week is 'Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future'.
Wilcannia Forbes Central Council Executive Officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Kelly Morgan said " we are honoured to have this artwork displayed on the wall of our Vinnies store in such a prominent position in the lead up to NAIDOC Week."
"This is an opportunity for the Society to reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Vinnies has had a long and strong presence in urban and regional centres around NSW, with our people working and serving on the traditional land of many Aboriginal Nations and clan groups.
In 2018, the St Vincent de Paul Society published a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which articulates the organisation's commitment to being guided by Traditional Owners, Elders, organisations and communities on how best to advance reconciliation and to deliver actions aimed at closing social and economic gaps.
"Through our RAP, the Society pledges to make a substantial difference in the lives of the people we engage, employ or assist," Mrs Morgan added.
"Displaying this artwork on our shop wall, is an opportunity to publicly display this pledge. We are also working on displaying a specially designed Acknowledgement of Country plaque in all our Vinnies facilities. The plaques will carry messages about the importance of coming together and building relationships in the journey towards reconciliation."
NAIDOC Week is held nationally in July and is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
Find out more about the Parkes Shire Public Art Trail.