Charles Sturt University
Working in close partnership with Charles Sturt University, I have had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with them in designing artwork for their First Nations strategies, programs and Reconciliation Action Plan.
As of now, I have delivered three unique artworks to Charles Sturt University, each one crafted with the utmost care and dedication. These pieces serve as a tangible representation of the university's vision, bridging the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students and staff, fostering a sense of connection and unity.
It has been a truly rewarding experience to bring their concepts to life through art.
First Nations Student Connect
This painting, ‘Pathways to Wisdom’, represents First Nations journeys, pathways and connections with Charles Sturt University. The artwork respectfully acknowledges Wiradjuri Country and Birpai Country, and represents seven gathering places where First Nations Student Centres sit – Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Goulburn. Dots near the centre of the artwork represent First Nations students and staff connection. The footsteps represent the promise made to students by First Nations Student Connect to walk with them on their journey. Symbols are included to represent on-campus and online learning. Bringing it all together, three paths connect to the centre, representing diverse and strong First Nations pathways through higher education opportunities.
First Nations Strategy
This artwork ‘Weaving Together’ represents the University’s commitment to ensuring that First Nations priorities are woven throughout our strategies, responsibilities and performance measures. Weaving is an important ongoing cultural practice shared across generations, and in the painting it represents First Nations ways of knowing, being and doing. The three key symbols represent First Nations education, engagement and research.
Reconciliation Action Plan
The artwork titled “Journey to Knowledge and Reconciliation” was created for Charles Sturt University's Reconciliation Action Plan. The overall meaning of the artwork represents Charles Sturt University as whole and the connections with staff, students, families, friends and community coming together to learn and grow and to close the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people by taking the journey together for better understanding of Aboriginal culture. The artwork is made up of five main elements: The centrepiece which represents Charles Sturt University is known as a Gathering symbol to show all are welcome in one place. The Gathering symbol also contains symbols of people which represents staff, students, families, friends and community. The outer orange dots reflect the themes of relationships, respect, opportunities and governance. The six circle symbols outside of the Gathering symbol represent Charles Sturt University values and core business. The four circle symbols coloured orange, green and blue represent the four values - insightful, inclusive, impactful and inspiring. The two circle symbols coloured orange and pink represent engagement and research with the third; education represented within the middle of main Gathering symbol. Coming out of the centrepiece with the footprint symbols are pathways, these represent journeys and connection to the land with the blue and aqua dots representing our connection to the water. The colours used throughout the artwork are Charles Sturt University branding colours with additional colours used to complement them.