News • 16 Nov 2021
Connection to Country at work. Indigenous Support Worker gifts artwork to his workplace
Thomas, Support Worker in Lismore, has painted indigenous artwork for display in our NSW offices, to depict the aboriginal land where our clients and staff live.
Thomas is a 46 year old Aboriginal man of the Bundjalung (Lismore Widjabul) & Yaegl Country’s/Nations.
He has been with Open Minds for over three years and has a lived experience of mental illness.
He has been creating art his whole life, and wanted to create this painting to add some colour to the offices, whilst educating any onlookers of the aboriginal lands on which we work.
Thomas said “Art is my selfcare strategy, it soothes me when I’m stressed and reminds me to be mindful of the here and now.
“In the future I want to use my art skills to demonstrate the importance of art for selfcare, and how people can use art to express and calm themselves in times of stress.”