Art raises money for indigenous men's group

The City is working with artist Tony Albert to creating a new public artwork that will honour the sacrifices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women.

The artwork will be the first of its kind in Australia, and recognises the contribution these men and women made, many of whom were not considered as Australian citizens at the time they served.

In creating his work, Tony Albert has collaborated closely with the Babana Aboriginal Men's Group, made up of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men who are working to improve the lives of Indigenous communities in greater Sydney. 'Babana' means 'brother' in the Dharuk language.

Founded in Redfern in October 2006, Babana brings together men from all walks of life. Many of Babana's members are ex-servicemen who have committed their lives to ensuring the recognition of our Diggers who have fought for this country, and they are instrumental in bringing the local community together to hold the Annual Coloured Diggers Anzac event in Redfern.

WingTony Albert has brought together more than 30 Australian artists to decorate a 1m tall timber bullet - a small scale replica of his artwork for Hyde Park.

This unique collection of 30 artworks, featuring works from Deborah Kelly, Lindy Lee, TV Moore, Raquel Ormella, Jason Wing, Daniel Boyd, Abdul Abdullah, was auctioned at Carriageworks last week to raise funds to support the Babana group.

The City has purchased three of the sculptures. In the shot above you can see Karla Dickens' piece, Brimstone Blush Cry, which uses colonial waste and surplus, and a piece by Sydney Ball, a pioneer in Australian Abstraction, called "In Great Praise". We also bought Jason Wing's First Contact, a creative re-imagining of the bullet split in half as a canoe.

I look forward to seeing Tony Albert's artwork take shape in Hyde Park in April for Anzac Day.





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