Noni Cragg – an artist of Irish, Scottish and First Nations heritage (Bundjalung and Biripai) – was commissioned for a live art activation during NAIDOC Week 2022.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme of “Get up! Stand up! Show up!” references the proud history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to fight for change.
Noni spent three days during NAIDOC Week in the lobby of Liberty Place, creating a painting of Wiradjuri musician and creative Zeppelin Hamilton. Through this multi-hued portrait of her friend, Noni personifies the necessity to amplify First Nations voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.
True to her style, inspired by people, culture and colour, the painting was filled with vibrancy and a strong sense of lifeforce. Different elements in the painting acknowledge the various aspects of Zeppelin’s personality, lifestyle and culture.
Noni’s large-scale portrait of Zeppelin was sold via silent auction, with proceeds going to the Koori Mail Bundjalung Community Flood Relief.
The activation was curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery and presented by Liberty Place.