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July 3, 2024 0 Comments

Myer Centre to host local Aboriginal artist exhibition for NAIDOC Week

South Australian Aboriginal artist, Scott Rathman’s career has become a tribute to his heritage, as well as a platform to educate future generations.

Rathman’s work is a gentle reminder that indigenous Australians have a voice, and a critical culture to preserve in the present day. His creations are equally contemporary as they are ancient.

Myer Centre is opening up the floor, for one day only, during NAIDOC Week. Rathman’s work will be exhibited for visitors to enjoy. The artist has a poignant ability to tell the story between his culture and the land we call home. His murals are displayed on city streets and public spaces, and within homes hung on walls.

Rathman’s formative years

Rathman’s family is Eastern Arrernte. His grandmother was born in Hale River, east of Alice Springs. “She was a part if the Stolen Generation, taken from her family and placed in a mission called the Bungalow. She was then put to work on cattle stations as a domestic servant. Upon falling pregnant, she was taken to Port Augusta, which was where my father was born,” he said.

Rathman was born in Loxton and spent time in the Riverland and Port Augusta, before moving to Munno Para and Semaphore.

As a teenager, Rathman spent time with established Aboriginal artists and was heavily influenced by his high school art teachers. He’s found through the creation of art, conversations happen – especially for today’s youth, that might be closed off or suffering silently. His bold, bright murals make spaces feel softer and more welcoming.

“Every week is important for sharing and learning about each other as that is a great way to ensure that we can eliminate misinformation, stereotypes and build capacity for understanding. NAIDOC Week is just a concentration of what should occur all year round,” he said.

Art has always had the power to open minds and hearts. There’s no better way to tell the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people than through art, music, and conversation.

Come appreciate Aboriginal art, purchase a piece yourself, and let the kids learn about our important history. A piece of artwork will be raffled off to the charity, Aboriginal Literacy Foundation.

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