Nissan Arena unveils stunning First Nations artwork

Nissan Arena Artwork

Nissan Arena unveils stunning First Nations artwork

Nissan Arena has proudly unveiled a unique and stunning First Nations artwork to be permanently displayed at the venue.

Created by Kalkadoon, Waanya and Quandamooka woman Kylie Hill, the piece titled ‘Our Journey’ reflects the pathways and experiences that shape and define individuals within the Indigenous community.

The meeting places connected by pathways symbolize the interconnectedness of life’s journey, while the hills represent the obstacles faced and overcome.

The stone wall stands as a testament to the strength, resilience, courage, and determination required in both personal and professional lives.

This artwork serves as a bridge to learning, educating, and fostering respectful relationships, preserving and passing on cultural knowledge through the generations.

Hill’s work is based on a story by Yuggera woman Leanna Ruska, which has been approved by local Traditional Owners.

Prominently displayed to ensure visibility to all visitors of Nissan Arena, the artwork was officially unveiled at Nissan Arena on Tuesday at a ceremony attended by Netball Queensland Board Chair Leanne Coddington, Nissan Australia Regional Sales Manager Dan Scott and Peter Russo MP, Member for Toohey.

The installation, measuring 3.2m x 2.4m, also incorporates an acknowledgment of the traditional custodians of the land on which Nissan Arena stands, the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples.

Netball Queensland Chief Executive Kate Davies said the artwork was an eye-catching embodiment of NQ and Nissan Arena’s commitment to reconciliation and ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples attending the venue feel welcomed, supported and safe.

“The unveiling of this First Nations artwork is a momentous occasion for Nissan Arena,” Davies said.

“It signifies our commitment to honouring and respecting First Nations culture and history.

“This artwork is not only a beautiful addition to the venue but also an important step in our ongoing journey towards reconciliation and ensuring Nissan Arena is an inclusive and welcoming venue. We are deeply grateful to Kylie Hill and Leanna Ruska for their contributions and to local elders for their support.”

The artwork’s unveiling comes ahead of Saturday’s First Nations Round Suncorp Super Netball match between the Queensland Firebirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning, in which both teams will be wearing their First Nations dresses.

The match will also be a celebration of First Nations culture and history within Queensland netball ahead of NAIDOC Week starting on July 7.

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