Painting, mainly in the traditional style, is an important part of our Aboriginal Programme’s effort to support our local Indigenous artists. The artist can come and paint at our Drop in Centre, or they paint at home. We buy many of these paintings from them.
The purpose of this is to give them a measure of independence. In using their creative talents in this way, they also get satisfaction and higher self esteem.
For some of them, being able to paint at the drop-in centre means that they can work in a safe, unthreatening environment. A cuppa and a sandwich is also available most of the time and there might be a video playing in the background, adding to the good work atmosphere we try to create.
Some of the artists live in town, some out bush. Most of them paint in the traditional style, and they use mainly traditional themes, like gathering bushfood, dreamings, etc.