Indigenous artworks often hold vital cultural and social significance. Now, staff and visitors at Bunzl’s offices in Jandakot, WA, can get an insight into that significance thanks to a vibrant new artwork produced by local students. The painting, created by participants of the Clontarf Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the development of Indigenous men – is rich in cultural symbolism.
A river flows through the heart of the artwork, representing the replenishment of the land; water is an integral part of the landscape for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Knowledge of water sources is critical, particularly for families living in desert regions. It points to where animals can be found and when native plants will bear fruit and nuts.
Among the striking colours are bursts of blue depicting men and women seated around a fireplace to symbolise community spirit, while handprints reflect the Clontarf students’ expressions of what Indigenous culture means to them.
Bunzl is a national sponsor of the Clontarf Foundation, which is based at Cecil Andrews College, Perth and runs 139 academies around the country to “improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men”.
Since its beginnings in 2000, the Clontarf Foundation has grown to upwards of 10,000 participants. Bunzl is proud to support the Clontarf Foundation, and grateful to exhibit the artwork, a symbol of the continued partnership.