Artist in Residence at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village
ETB Travel News Brand Ambassador and Contemporary Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton was recently an artist in residence on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village.
Whilst there Chern’ee painted a 9-metre interactive art piece for 14 days with the Athletes from around the Commonwealth, dignitaries and guests who all placed their fingerprints in the large circles which represented the 11 days of the Commonwealth games and then the Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists added their fingerprints to the Gold, Silver and Bronze circles which represented the medals.
Dignitaries included His Royal Highness Charles Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness Prince Edward Earl of Wessex, City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, Dawn Fraser, Ian Thorpe, Mark Stockwell and Sara Carrigan Village Mayor and Mayoress, Louise Martin President of the Commonwealth games Federation and Borobi the Commonwealth Games mascot to name a few.
When asked about the idea for the painting Chern’ee said “The inspiration behind this significant artwork was to educate the rest of the world about Australia’s rich and ancient culture and history which started in the Dreamtime over 65,000 years ago to present day Australia. The painting depicts a timeline of Australia’s history from Aboriginal people living alongside megafauna to the first rock art and the formation of the Torres Strait Islands and to present day Australia. The 11 days of the Commonwealth Games are represented by the 11 large circles where Commonwealth Countries from all over the world are joined as one in a celebration of cultural diversity”.
The painting called “Caina Putut, Ilya, Wartanganha” which means in the Kalkadoon language – “Long ago, Today, tomorrow” will go on a tour of galleries around Australia starting at The Royal Australian Mint in Canberra from 11/9/2018 until the 28/2/2019.
Read more on Chern’ee next week