headspace Orange mark Reconciliation Week with mural unveiling
Image: local young people and Indigenous artist Sandon-Gibbs O’Neil from Burruguu Art painting the mural
In recognition of Reconciliation Week, headspace Orange are unveiling their new mural – painted on the centre by local Indigenous artist Sandon-Gibbs O’Neil from Burruguu Art.
Over 75 students from five local schools helped Mr O’Neil paint the mural, as part of an initiative to promote community and connection through artwork. Jessica Gostelow, headspace Orange Senior Youth Care Coordinator, said it’s important to create a safe place to explore identity.
“We were thrilled to work with Sandon-Gibbs O’Neil to not only create this beautiful piece, but to also work with local young people to explore their connection to culture through art,” Ms Gostelow said.
The unveiling will also feature an art exhibition consisting of works created on canvas by local young people. Toby, a member of headspace Orange’s Youth Reference Group, said painting the mural was great learning experience, and the end result has a special meaning for those involved and the community.
“The artwork shows that a headspace centre can be a hub for young people to gather when they need assistance in life or just need a place to feel like they’re welcome no matter their circumstances,” Toby said.
For more information about headspace Orange visit https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/orange/ or follow them on Facebook.
headspace Orange operates through lead agency Marathon Health, and is supported by funding from Western NSW Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.