We invited our tenants to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for the 2022 NAIDOC Week tenant art exhibition… and did they ever!

More than 15 tenants have contributed paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, jewellery, tshirts, bags and poetry. There is an amazing range of artistic style and expression on display, expertly curated by none other than the incredible Blak Douglas, this year’s winner of the prestigious Archibald Prize.

There was a huge turnout to the opening night on Wednesday 29 June, held at the 107 Projects Gallery in Redfern.

With last year’s exhibition sadly cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, it’s been a long-awaited event for many artists.

Guests were welcomed onto the land with a beautiful Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by Rowena Welsh and enjoyed tasty treats while admiring the exhibition.

Sustainable Communities Manager Jamie Brewer served as MC for the evening, introducing Bridge Housing CEO Rebecca Pinkstone who spoke of the importance of celebrating our tenants, and especially our strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Curator and special guest Blak Douglas also spoke, sharing his thoughts on the exhibition and the works.

Thank you to the Communities team (especially Melissa Russell-Combo) for pulling this event together, Blak Douglas for curating the exhibition, Helen and Lisa from 107 Projects for hosting and hanging the art and to our talented tenants who contributed works to the event!

Several works were snapped up on opening night, but there are still some lovely pieces available to purchase.

The exhibition is open from 11am – 5pm Wednesday to Saturday until 9 July, so Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and check it out while you can at 107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern.