Reconciliation is about improving relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples for the benefit of all Australians.
It is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while past generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful change, future generations will likely take just as much effort – if not more.
The collection of symbols by Bidjara and Wakka Wakka Graphic Artist Danielle Leedie Gray are a visual representation of unity and moving forward as one, which correlates with this year’s theme.
“I wanted my artwork to complement the theme and reflect the fact that, as a country, we need to work together in unity, and allow everyone to have a voice so we can all feel at home,” Danielle said.
“It’s a theme that resonates with me and one that affects all of us. I would ask every Australian to embrace the theme with compassion and display and wear the artwork proudly, as we all work together for a more reconciled country.”
These illustrations were commissioned by Reconciliation Australia in association with Carbon Creative who advised on, and managed the 2023 theme creation and development.
About Danielle Leedie Gray
Danielle Leedie Gray is a Graphic Artist, Designer and a Bidjara and Wakka Wakka woman of southwest and east Queensland, Australia.
Danielle’s work is guided by a deep sense of empathy towards her cultural heritage and family history, and invites unity and healing through the unique combination of culture and contemporary vision.
More personally, important symbols for Danielle are the people gathering and the travelling sign because they reflect unity and moving forward.
Danielle wants to invite her work into the homes and businesses of non-indigenous people, and promote understanding of the symbols, stories and meaning in Aboriginal culture so together we create a united future for all Australians.