The exhibition was launched by
- HON DR SUSAN CLOSE MP, Minister for Education and Child Development
- CR VANESSA McCLUSKY and CR HELEN WRIGHT Port Adelaide-Enfield Council as Representatives of MAYOR GARY JOHNSON
- ABORIGINAL ELDER TAUTO SANSBURY a MULTI AWARDS RECIPIENT
As State Chairperson of the South Australian Aboriginal Justice Advocacy Committee and Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee for over 10 years, Tauto fought to improve the conditions of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system. He has served in numerous official and voluntary positions, including chairperson of the South Australian Aboriginal Coalition for Social justice.
He was consultant to the Social Inclusion Unit undertaking community consultations on the so-called ‘Gang of 49’ for the Breaking the Cycle Report. More recently he has been employed as CEO and General Manager in health and Aboriginal employment, he now runs his own Aboriginal consultancy, Garridja.In 2014 Sansbury launched a national advocacy movement for Indigenous people – the Freedom Movement. He was a long term member of the ALP Australian Labor Party and stood in elections but in 2013 resigned from the Party stating that the Party whether in Opposition or as Government does not help Aboriginal people.
- 1996: Aboriginal of the Year, National NAIDOC Awards
- 2003: Australian Centenary medal in recognition of work as Director of the Aboriginal Justice Advocacy Committee and the National Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee.
- 2014: Male Elder of the Year SA NAIDOC Awards
- 2015: NAIDOC Week National NAIDOC Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2015: National Indigenous Human Rights Awards Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights
- JANET MOHAMED, CEO CATSINaM, ALUMNI AWARD Recipient
- JUSTIN MOHAMED, CEO Reconciliation Australia, Advisory Board Aboriginal Cricket Australia
- and other VIPs
We invested a lot of time and afford in getting this high-profile VIPs which came as far as Canberra for the artists first ever exhibition and was very disappointed that this obviously wasn’t understood by the artist and the ones closest to her.
You may now understand why we not publish details to her second chance in our gallery where a FEDERAL MINISTER and BROWNLOW MEDALLIST GAVIN WANGANEEN and an International Toastmasters emcee and other VIPs launched the exhibition.
Photos by the office of HON DR SUSAN CLOSE MP: