SVHA Promoting Reconciliation Through Art

The Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries joined Board Directors and senior staff of St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) for its Leadership Team Conference and Innovation and Excellence Awards 2016 in Brisbane on 15-16 September. It was an exciting two days as we heard about key mission and innovation initiatives across SVHA.

Unveiling of the SVHA reconciliation triptych

Unveiling of the SVHA reconciliation triptych

A highlight was a presentation on the SVHA Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and, in particular, its RAP Collaborative Arts Project. The project involved a collaboration between three Indigenous artists and some 50 SVHA staff as well as SVHA Board Director Sr Maryanne Confoy rsc and Trustee Dr Tessa Ho who participated in reconciliation art workshops held in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Each participant painted an image of, and then spoke about, their understanding of reconciliation. Under the guidance of the Indigenous artists, the individual contributions have been brought together into a unique triptych, which was unveiled during the conference. Participants were captivated by the account of the project and the spectacular outcome. A silk print of the triptych will be provided to each of the 55 SVHA facilities as an ongoing reminder to all of working towards reconciliation.


Gabrielle McMullen AM

Trustee, Mary Aikenhead Ministries