Be Brave. Make Change: Artwork

Reconciliation is important, serious and challenging work.

But it’s also inspiring and uplifting for all Australians and all generations as we look to make reconciliation the business of all of us.

Our collection of bold, brave characters brought to life by contemporary Torres Strait Islander illustrator, Tori-Jay Mordey shows some of the different faces of Australians working for a just and equal society.

They are a visual reminder that reconciliation is everybody’s business.

“I sought inspiration of what that kind of brave change might look like from many different people; people I know that are around me, people I see every day. And people I see living bravely every day in their own lives – from fierce little kids to older people working with more established mindsets and environments,“ Tori-Jay said.

“We can make a change. But we can’t do it alone. Be brave and start the conversation today.”

These illustrations were commissioned by Reconciliation Australia in association with Carbon Creative who advised on,  and managed the 2022 theme creation and development.


About Tori-Jay Mordey

Tori-Jay Mordey is an established Indigenous Australian illustrator and artist currently based in Brisbane.

Over the years Tori-Jay has honed her skills in digital illustrations, drawings, painting, print making and film while also expanding her skills as a mural artist.

A lot of her work revolves around human connection and exploring her racial identity.

In her illustrative work Tori-Jay often combines stylistic cartoons with realism to help capture the complexities of our emotions; distorting and exaggerating the characters in a way that helps express and expose their vulnerabilities.

See more about Tori-Jay on her Website and Instagram

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