Albany marks National Reconciliation Week with banners celebrating Noongar seasons

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Michael Cummings' banners are on display in the Albany Town Square and Alison Hartman Gardens as part of Reconciliation Week.
Camera IconMichael Cummings' banners are on display in the Albany Town Square and Alison Hartman Gardens as part of Reconciliation Week. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Paintings capturing the six Noongar seasons are waving in the Albany town centre to mark National Reconciliation Week.

Albany-raised Menang artist Michael Cummings has designed six banners to capture the changes in colours, flora and fauna of the seasons of Birak, Bunnuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djiba and Kambarang.

“I use the modern mediums such as acrylics and oils on canvas to convey animals, land and events that impacted within the region,” Mr Cummings said.

Menang artist Michael Cummings' banners are on display in the Albany Town Square and Alison Hartman Gardens as part of Reconciliation Week.
Camera IconMenang artist Michael Cummings' banners are on display in the Albany Town Square and Alison Hartman Gardens as part of Reconciliation Week. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

“I like using a bold, colourful palate of acrylic paint using additives to enhance the painting.

“I mix my own themes and styles to gain further insight into art to convey my meanings.”

Michael Cummings' banners on display at Albany Town Square and Alison Hartman Gardens for National Reconciliation Week.
Camera IconMichael Cummings' banners on display at Albany Town Square and Alison Hartman Gardens for National Reconciliation Week. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The banners will be on display until June 7, to mark National Reconciliation Week, from May 27 to June 3.

The dates bookending the week mark significant steps towards reconciliation, including the 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision.

This year’s theme of More than a Word, Reconciliation Takes Action encourages everyone to recognise their role in ensuring a more equitable future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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