The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch celebrates NAIDOC Week 2021
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, is putting the finishing touches on commemorating NAIDOC Week 2021. NAIDOC Week occurs from 4-11 July and invites all Australians to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country.
To recognise NAIDOC Week 2021, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, is sharing heart-warming stories from community pharmacies on their Facebook page.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch commissioned artwork from Torres Strait Islander artist Barry Maitie, unveiled at the beginning of NAIDOC Week.
Acting Branch President, Mr Chris Owen said he was honoured to reveal the painting this week.
“Barry is a self-taught artist working exclusively with acrylic paint on canvas and only started painting seriously in 2018,” said Mr. Owen.
“His images reflect his homeland of Malu Kiai, Boigu, and his distinctive style expresses the vibrant spirit and atmosphere of the Torres Strait culture. Myths and legends told by Elders, the environment, the constellations and the traditional Malu Kiai culture are a constant source of inspiration for Barry.”
Barry credits his Elders, Aunties and Uncles for recognising his artistic talent and giving him the confidence to practise his craft.
Mr. Owen said that The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, Branch Committee and staff thanked Barry for creating this artwork.
“We are deeply appreciative of the stunning work Barry has created,” said Mr. Owen, “we are thankful Barry has shared with us his creative gifts and allowed us the privilege of displaying his work in a manner that will allow us to enjoy and reflect on its meaning for many years to come.”