Mind, Body, Spirit, Culture, Country: process & development

Developing the national headspace bespoke indigenous artwork

headspace Indigenous artwork creative strategy session: We are 27 Creative & Positive Social Solutions worked collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander headspace Staff Members Non-Indigenous headspace staff and board members in the creative strategy session

headspace commissioned WeAre27Creative - an Indigenous design agency, to produce a bespoke Artwork to tell the story of headspace for the Indigenous focused service offerings, programs and staff members. This bespoke artwork will assist in communicating the headspace current and future commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. Through building stronger relationships within communities throughout all of Australia, headspace primarily aim to create early intervention programs that are tailored to reach young Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people. education and employment opportunities, cultural consultation and awareness of the significance of Land, Country, Sea and Sky to Indigenous Australians; where headspace offices are located across the country and provide their services.

Through building respect, relationships and creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People this will help to assist in educating both internal staff within headspace and externally to clients, associates, suppliers and to the broader Australian community.

 Map of headspace centres nationally. (image from  headspace.org.au ) 

Map of headspace centres nationally. (image from headspace.org.au

headspace Indigenous artwork creative strategy session: We are 27 Creative & Positive Social Solutions worked collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander headspace Staff Members Non-Indigenous headspace staff and board members in the creative strategy session to uncover the following points:

• Personal Values & Organisation’s Values

• Artwork Story and Purpose

• Key Artwork Audience Groups

• Key stakeholders and their relationships to headspace

• Factors that influence Social and Emotional Wellbeing (personally and collectively).

WORKSOP ACTIVITY : PERSONAL & ORGANISATIONAL VALUES

The first activity in the creative strategy session was designed to introduce the group to each other on a personal and cultural level. As the group consisted of headspace staff and board members from a diverse range of backgrounds, and geographic locations it was important to follow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols by getting all participants to introduce ‘who they are,where they come from’ as well as identifying the their top three personal values to the group. These values were then mapped across the headspace organisation’s values to highlight how the staff’s personal values and experiences have inspired them to work at an organisation that is aligned with and shares very similar values.

The creative artwork process: Riki Salam developing and painting up the bespoke artwork: mind, body, spirit, culture, country.

 

The headspace Artwork visually represents headspace as an organisation, people and community.

The artwork will be fundamental in depicting the relationships between key headspace stakeholders and the impact that headspace as an organisation is making in the lives of young people across Australia. The Artwork will be a symbolic representation of Indigenous/Non-Indigenous headspace staff highlighting their connection to communities, service providers and young people. All of the individual and group activities completed in the creative strategy session were developed to rapidly consolidate the key themes and messages that will inspire Artwork design and story by We Are 27 Creative.


Viewpoint: In the headspace creative strategy session a lot of participants reflected on ‘returning to country.’ People felt that going back to country helped to ground and centre them as a person. They also felt it rejuvenated them, gave them clarity and played a big role in their identity. Some people also said it was good to leave country as well, to get away from the dramas of Family and Community. This viewpoint has been a major consideration within the final artwork piece and is shown in the cultural pathways that lead to and from the central design (the brain symbol). Knowing it is an important factor and consideration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to have a connection to country and going back to country is paramount not only for an individuals identity but also as a holistic way of treating that person.

 

National Reconciliation Week 2017 headspace National Launch

On Wednesday 31st May 2017 to coincide with National Reconciliation Week 2017 (27 May- 3 June), the headspace bespoke artwork: • Mind • Body • Spirit • Culture • Country was unveiled.

·  Each centre had the opportunity to work with their local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community to develop local wording acknowledging country and community of where there centre is based.

·  Every headspace centre has received a copy of the artwork, the story and Acknowledgment of Country plaque.

I really wanted to take the opportunity to thank you – Riki Salam & Diana Salam (weare27) & Monique Proud & Kristian Goodacre (Positive Social Solutions), for your involvement and creativity throughout the process and of course to Riki for the final product. To think it was 12 months ago we were all together in a room, brainstorming and planting the seeds that grew into this stunning piece of work. The feedback from our staff and centres has been overwhelming.
So thank you again for helping us capture and share what headspace is all about, through our traditional means of art and storytelling. 

Nathan Bramston, Senior Advisor, Cultural Practice & Diversity, headspace

weare27 would like to thank everyone involved in the creative strategy workshop, design evolution and application for their commitment and enthusiasm in ensuring the story of headspace can effectively communicate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationally.

#BTH20 - HEALING A NATION, NATIONAL SORRY DAY.

 Image courtesy of the Healing Foundation website ©Healing Foundation 2017

Image courtesy of the Healing Foundation website ©Healing Foundation 2017

Today, 26th May 2017 marks National Sorry Day, a day where children of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Communities were forcibly removed under the Assimilation Act of the late 1800's and more recently throughout the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. 

Last year I was extremely honoured and blessed to work with some of the members of the Stolen Generations Committee, Aunty Florence Onus, Aunty Lorraine Peeters and Uncle Michael Welsh. All survivors of the Stolen Generations each taken away from there respective Families from very young ages, it's hard to even begin to imagine what they and their loved ones went through and continue to go through all these years on. 

 Healing Foundation Bringing Them Home artwork 'Healing Country', Riki Salam.

Healing Foundation Bringing Them Home artwork 'Healing Country', Riki Salam.

Thank you all for sharing your stories of courage, sadness, loss and resilience in the face of overwhelming adversity, your stories are truly significant to us not only as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and also as a Nation. These stories and the stories of many others who suffered under these oppressive policies need to be told and retold as part of the Healing process, for us as a People and also for us as a Nation.  Thank you to the Healing Foundation for allowing myself and Diana Salam to work on such an important and significant project for our Nation. The artwork 'Healing Country' and the Bringing Them Home Report #BTH20 identity for the the 20th Anniversary of the Bringing Home Report; - (first tabled in Federal Parliament in 1997). 

I was also privileged to work with Aunty Denise Proud and Monique Proud of Positive Social Solutions. Thank you both for your gentle approach to facilitation and the unique cultural connection, understanding and sensitivity you bring allowing Aunty Florence, Aunty Lorraine and Uncle Michael to share there stories, experiences and ideas which in turned helped shape and form the story of the Artwork Healing Country and the #BTH20 Logo. A truly gifted Mother and Daughter team that brings lived experiences over two generations, who have also felt the personal effects of member within their immediate Family.

To all Families in all communities across Australia today I ask you all to remember those who came before us, Members of the Stolen Generations and their Families who suffered the atrocities of the past and continue to survive the challenges of today. We stand together with you to heal our past and build our future. 

For more information visit : healingfoundation.org.au and #BTH20.