A street gallery showcasing the art of Aboriginal young people has been installed on Roberts Pizzarotti’s Zurich Tower construction hoardings on the corner of Mount and Arthur Streets, North Sydney.
The exhibition, called ‘Building our Futures Together’, showcases art created by Aboriginal young people and their communities as part of the EXCURSIONS project, in collaboration with Zurich Financial Services Australia (through Z Zurich Foundation) and community arts organisation Beyond Empathy.
The EXCURSIONS project provided opportunities for the participants to craft stories about identity, childhood and connection through film, music and photography.
“The photography represents the real-life experiences, emotions and perception of Australian young people in their home towns. The images capture and express the beauty and power in their developing identities and connections to their cultures and communities,” said Kim McConville, Executive Director, Beyond Empathy.
Alison Mirams, Chief Executive Officer, Roberts Pizzarotti, said the exhibition was a standout for the North Sydney construction scene. “Part of our approach to sustainability is to consider how we impact the environments where we build and the communities in which we operate,” said Alison Mirams, Chief Executive Officer, Roberts Pizzarotti.
“In facilitating this hoarding project, we wanted to give enjoyment to the people walking past and working near our site and provide an exhibition space for such a worthy project,” she said.
The participants and artists working on the Excursions project (including Raphaela Rosella, Emma Korhonen and Daniel Craig), Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council, Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation, Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation all provided their blessings and cultural authority to allow these images to be exhibited.
For more information about the Excursions project, see http://excursions.be.org.au/