Within us and around us

“When we stand together, we can uplift each other and lead richer lives”

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Within us and around us is a bold, contemporary artwork designed exclusively for QATSICPP’s Centre of Excellence by renowned Aboriginal artist Rachael Sarra.

Inspired by the beauty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the reminder that it is always with us – within us and around us – this visually-striking artwork depicts the importance of wisdom, culture and family in the journey of knowledge creation and knowledge sharing.

This artwork celebrates the importance of grounding ourselves in culture and family, as the source of our knowledge. Our culture anchors us, and the opportunities extend from there.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wisdom and leadership is integral in the journey of knowledge creation and knowledge sharing.

On this journey, we celebrate the strength of our diversity while working harmoniously with each other, our spirit and the land, learning from the past, creating action in the present and maintaining our cultural legacy into the future.

Vibrant colours, circles and symbols come together to represent the diversity of our knowledge and the contribution knowledge makes across all cultural groups. The colour palette is a kaleidoscope of purple, green, orange, yellow and blues.

“It is the collective self-determination of our diverse people that allows our mob to walk in two worlds and thrive towards a better future and the preservation of our culture.”

Knowledge is life giving

“My visual inspiration behind this is just how beautiful our culture is and how we can feel it bubbling under the surface always guiding us.”

About the artist

Rachael Sarra is an artist and designer whose work is an extension of her being and experiences. As a contemporary Aboriginal artist from Goreng Goreng Country, Rachael uses art as a powerful tool in storytelling to educate and share Aboriginal culture and its evolution. Rachael’s work often challenges and explores the themes of societies perception of what Aboriginal art and identity is.

Her style is feminine, fun and engaging but is strongly drawn from her heritage and her role as an Aboriginal woman in a modern world. Rachael is fuelled by passion to continue exploring her Aboriginality through art and design, with each piece strengthening her identity.

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