Custom Aboriginal artwork created for Surfest’s 2023 Speaking in Colour Women’s Pro

Custom Aboriginal artwork created for Surfest’s 2023 Speaking in Colour Women’s Pro

Hidden strength and the power within have provided inspiration for a unique piece of Aboriginal artwork to be featured on the t-shirts for the 2023 Speaking in Colour Women’s Pro.

During the unveiling, Founder and Managing Director Cherie Johnson says Speaking in Colour were thrilled to be selected as naming rights sponsor and jumped at the opportunity to design a custom artwork to be featured throughout the event.

“Surfing has such a strong connection to Country and this connection is reflected in the artwork with all the elements that make up the seaside represented,” Cherie said.

“The artwork is inspired by the strength and power of the waves and the women competing in the event.”

“Speaking in Colour and the 2023 Surfest Women’s Pro is a perfect match. Our purpose is to make a difference in the delivery of Aboriginal education, in the spirit of reconciliation.

“Working with Surfest provides us with an outstanding opportunity to talk to a whole new group of people that probably don’t even know that we exist, let alone know about the work we do.”

Being the naming rights sponsor in 2023 is especially significant for Speaking In Colour, Cherie explained, given this is the year Australians will have their say in a referendum to include an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament in the constitution.

“We hope to use this opportunity to encourage community, business and government to expand their knowledge and embrace Aboriginal culture,” Cherie said.

Surfest Organiser, Warren Smith said they can’t wait to have the Speaking in Colour designs come to life in 2023.

“We’re incredibly proud of Surfest’s connection and support of the indigenous community, we haven’t had a 100 per cent Aboriginal owned business as the major sponsor of the Women’s Pro before and to have these designs incorporated into the event will be a great addition,” Warren said.

Artist, Ngaire Pakai said the artwork is the water that connects us.

“The gentle ebb and flow of currents swirling through the rock pools, millennia in motion, belies the hidden strength and power within,” Ngaire said.

“Twinkling periwinkles edge the darkness while pippies dot the bright white sand of the shore. The vibration of wind and wave carving indelible twists and turns across the rocks laying timeless on Country.

“We celebrate women, sublime in their strength, agility, skill and determination at one with the water and at one with the waves.

“Safe inside of a rockpool our sea life thrives, just as our women and youth do in Surfest, who champions the young, celebrates the elite and ensures parity is valued by all.”

IMAGE | Speaking In Colour Women’s Pro artwork by Ngaire Pakai

Speaking in Colour

Speaking in Colour is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated business founded in 2010 by Cherie Johnson with the mission to make a difference in the delivery of Aboriginal education by providing training that is fun, affordable and in the spirit of reconciliation.

Today, Speaking in Colour is the leading provider of training, cultural experience and educational resources in the Newcastle and Hunter region of NSW. We are a collective of like-minded educators working in several roles within the education sector.

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