Reconciliation Action Plans – inspiring action through art
Reconciliation Action Plans, or RAPs, are a way for organisations to set out what they will do to support the national reconciliation movement. Many of them feature unique artworks which we’re showcasing here.
Around 20 Commonwealth agencies have a RAP published on Reconciliation Australia’s website. Here is a sample of some of these inspiring artworks.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs uses words in Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages in their plan. The title Galumbany is from the Ngunnawal language meaning ‘me, you, we, together’. Words with similar meanings from 13 other Aboriginal languages are also featured.
Artist: Danny Eastwood and DVA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees who helped to facilitate the language on the front cover.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s plan features an artwork that represents Dreaming stories. These stories tell of the relationships between seasonal, meteorological and astronomical changes – and how Aboriginal peoples read these changes to inform life on country.
Artist: Laurie Nilsen
The Department of Communications and the Arts’ plan features an artwork called Connecting for Reconciliation. It’s an aerial representation of the land, rivers, coast and oceans found all across Australia. The dotted lines show the pathways travelled and the connecting of the tribes and different groups. As the plan states, it’s the connecting of people and working together that will make reconciliation successful.
Artist: Bradley Kickett
The Australian Bureau of Statistics used a combination of artwork in their plan called ‘Statistics through Art’ created by Jessie Bonson. Jessie, who works for the ABS in Darwin, explains that in the ‘bursting flowers’ artwork, “the centre of the flower represents the ABS offices across the various States and Territories. The flowers are interconnected, we are all linked together and a part of this culture. The flower’s pollen, the surrounding and extending dots, represent the ABS reaching out to communities, and sharing its information for greater outcomes. The ‘moving tides’ artwork represents being fluid and responsive to change.”
Artist: Jessie Bonson