As part of our National Reconciliation week celebrations, PIAC
will unveil a new original artwork created especially for PIAC to acknowledge
the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, the Gadigal people of
the Eora nation.
The painting, which will be displayed in our reception area,
is by Aboriginal artist, Michael Lyons. Michael’s work also featured at the
Homeless Persons’ Legal Service 10th birthday exhibition in November
‘PIAC proudly displays this formal acknowledgement of country
at our office. It recognises the unique position of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Peoples in Australia’s culture, its history and present;
including as the first owners of the land,’ said PIAC’s CEO, Edward Santow.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across
Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two
significant milestones in the reconciliation journeythe anniversaries of the
successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our
shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can
join the national reconciliation effort.
During Reconciliation Week PIAC will also host an online
exhibition of Michael Lyons’ work on our Facebook page.