Media Release by The Hon Mal Brough MP

New Indigenous artworks launched at Reconciliation Place

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today launched three new artworks at Reconciliation Place in Canberra.

The Minister said the new artworks – Methalu Tharri; fire and water and Kwi’ith, Man and Woman Yam – reflected various aspects of the nation’s journey of Reconciliation.

"Methalu Tharri represents the experiences of Torres Strait Islanders within the Australian community; fire and water commemorates these elements and their significance to Indigenous people; and Kwi’ith, Man and Woman Yam is an Indigenous artist’s expression of Reconciliation," Mr Brough said.

"Art has played a very important role in stories being passed down from one generation to the next and I want to congratulate Indigenous artists Judy Watson, Victor McGrath and Thanakupi for continuing the tradition by designing these fantastic artworks.

"Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum when an overwhelming majority voted to include Indigenous Australians in the life of this nation.

"It is fitting we celebrate that historic vote and our progress towards Reconciliation through these artworks."

Minister Brough said the new artworks were a valuable addition to Reconciliation Place which was becoming renowned for recognising the Indigenous contribution to Australia’s history.

"Reconciliation Place has emerged as a practical symbol of Reconciliation at work.

"I am delighted that Indigenous artists and the Australian Government have joined together to work towards a common goal for us all. Thank you the many people involved in this project – the artists, the National Capital Authority and the families for their assistance and support."