Cultural and creative life

In pictures: a vibrant new artwork to Acknowledge Country

Take a stroll through the city to see a colourful new artwork by Aboriginal artist Kim Healy.

  • Celebrating First Nations talent

    In September 2022, we opened an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers to submit an artwork to acknowledge and pay respect to Country and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

    Jagun (meaning Country in Bundjalung) by Kim Healey will feature on street banners, screens, street furniture, billboards and online and print materials throughout our local area.

    The artwork will also be used as the visual identity for NAIDOC in the City – the City of Sydney’s annual NAIDOC Week event.

    Credit: Chris Southwood
  • Acknowledging Country in our local area

    Kim is a proud Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr woman and a descendant of the Djunbun (Platypus) Clan. The multi-dimensional artwork pays respect to the land while celebrating culture.

    Kim started out in a small women's collective based in Sydney on Gadigal Country and began displaying her works at Boomalli in Leichhardt.

    "Acknowledgement of Country is acknowledging the Traditional Owners, acknowledging people past, present and emerging. It offers a way of respect, so when you walk on that land that you don't come from, you're offering respect to the people that live on that land. It's very important in our culture and really universal," Kim said.

    Credit: Chris Southwood
  • Showcasing Jagun across the city

    "This stunning artwork will be showcased across our local area to acknowledge this always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land," Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore AO said.

    "It's a wonderful tribute to Indigenous cultures, with eye-catching colours and a design that's impossible for local residents, workers and visitors to miss."

    Credit: Chris Southwood
  • Acknowledging NAIDOC Week

    NAIDOC in the City is the City of Sydney's annual event celebrating NAIDOC Week.

    "NAIDOC Week is special because we get to celebrate who we are, our culture, our language, our people. We get to unify and have moments in unity, no matter where you come from. It's liberating to have that universal connection and celebrate all the beautiful things about who we are," Kim said.

    Credit: Chris Southwood