QUANDAMOOKA artists Casey Coolwell and Kyra Mancktelow have co-created a new artwork for the University of Queensland Reconciliation Action Plan.
Ms Coolwell, from North Stradbroke Island, and Ms Mancktelow, from Moreton Island, created a triptych entitled A Guidance in Time which recognises all three major campuses and other UQ sites.
Pro-vice-chancellor of Indigenous Engagement Bronwyn Fredericks said the work was an important visual representation of UQ and embodied its commitment to reconciliation.
"As an important signifier of UQ's reconciliation journey, Casey and Kyra's contribution is a valuable historical step," Professor Fredericks said.
"The celebratory nature of this art unveiling acknowledges and reinforces the University's commitment to building respectful relationships and opportunities between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples."
Although created as a single artwork, the piece can be read in three sections, starting with the blues and greys of the Herston Campus, the purple of Saint Lucia and the orange and gold tones of Gatton.
Professor Fredericks said A Guidance in Time provided symbols for reflecting on reconciliation and truth-telling.
"Since the launch of our (Reconciliation Action Plan) in December last year, we have built a formal framework to follow in the spirit of reconciliation and fostering relationships between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous communities," she said.
"Our new reconciliation artwork embraces and reflects that framework and actions we can take back to the viewer helping to clarify and understand UQ's place in reconciling Australia within the higher education landscape."
Vice-chancellor Peter Hoj said the university was open to further opportunities to build sustainable relationships where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and community members felt valued and respected.
"We will continue to seek guidance and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to inform the next stages of our reconciliation journey," Professor Hoj said.
"I thank Casey and Kyra for their bold contribution to our reconciliation efforts."
The launches, which lead into National Reconciliation Week, took place at Gatton, Saint Lucia and Herston campuses.
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