Liverpool Mayor Unveils First Nations Artwork

Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun has unveiled two pieces of First Nations Artworks at Phillips Park, Lurnea to recognise and celebrate local First Nations heritage and culture.

The Artworks - The Meeting Place – Where All Are Welcome - two perforated metal sheet lightboxes are on display in the multipurpose community hub, located in Phillips Park.

Mayor Mannoun said the hub is a welcoming place for people of all ages and all backgrounds, and a place that creates business, cultural, learning, and recreational opportunities.

“It is a vibrant meeting place for those who live in Liverpool as well as those who visit,” he said.

Council collaborated with Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council (GLALC) to deliver the Artworks.

Wiradjuri artist Brett Groves, and graphic designer Amy Allerton a Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung nation descendant, held a day long workshop with 25 First Nations people representing local elders, Tharawal Land Council members, and younger generations.

They spent the day painting on two large canvases sharing memories and stories, reconnecting and making new connections.

The ideas, images and themes developed on the canvases were later scanned at high resolution and the artist and graphic designer then created the artwork.

Council then had the designs fabricated into two large lightbox public artworks which will provide day and night-time activation of Phillips Park.

The two canvasses from which the lightboxes were created also will be placed on display in the community hub.