Kyneton District Health revealed its newly installed Aboriginal art on Thursday 4th October at an Official Unveiling Ceremony.
The transparent artwork, designed by Taungurung artist Maddi Moser, sits on interior windows in the main entrance of the hospital.
“Hosting the artwork at our main entrance holds great significance to us here at Kyneton District Health” said Maree Cuddihy, CEO. “We want to communicate our sincere welcome to our indigenous visitors and Maddi’s work really helps us achieve this goal” she said.
“We asked local artists from the Taungurung Clans to submit artwork inspired by their Taungurung culture,” said Maree Cuddihy. “Maddi’s work blew us away and really captured our intention to recognise the history and culture of the indigenous people in our region”.
Maddi Moser is an artist with ancestral ties to the Taungurung clans of Victoria. She has grown up with strong connections to the land and uses her background in design to explore this in her mixed media artworks. This piece recognises Taungurung’s relationship with waterways, the land, and the manner in which time continues those connections, despite aspects of country changing.
The artwork has been installed on the glass panels of the patient waiting room at the main entrance to Kyneton District Health. It has a subtle frosted texture that allows for visibility through the glass, while also creating a sense of privacy.
The artwork was commissioned in recognition of NAIDOC Week, which in 2018 focused on the theme ‘Because of Her, We Can”. Activities carried out during NAIDOC Week celebrated the essential role women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models of their community.
“It’s exciting that the winning artist for this commission was a woman” said Karen Laing, Deputy CEO, Kyneton District Health. “This not only echoes the NAIDOC Week theme for 2018, but also ties in with our own strong gender equity focus. We are keen to promote achievements and the important role women play in our community”.
The Unveiling Ceremony began with a Welcome to Country by Peter Moser, a Taungurung Elder and uncle to artist Maddi Moser.
Peter Matthews, KDH Board Chair oversaw the event and spoke about the importance of making environments inviting and respectful of the traditional culture to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access services.
“We’re really proud to host this stunning piece of art at the front of our hospital and invite our local community to come and view the artwork next time they’re here” said Peter Matthews.