Issue 5
Monday, 02 July 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Paspalis Group of Companies Harley Paroulakis, Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and artist Harold Thomas
Paspalis Group of Companies Harley Paroulakis, Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks and artist Harold Thomas

Artwork finds home at CDU

The winning artwork at the 33rd National and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2016, “Tribal Abduction”, is on public display at Casuarina campus.

The artwork, on loan to CDU by Paspalis Group of Companies, was recently unveiled in the Colonnade of the Chancellery at an event attended by the artist Harold Thomas (Bundoo), dignitaries and members of the Stolen Generations.

Set in outback Australia, Tribal Abduction depicts a dramatic and violent encounter between an Aboriginal family and representatives of the Australian Government as the latter attempts to forcibly remove the young children from their tribal home. 

The trauma suffered by the Stolen Generations is a subject close to the heart of the artist, Darwin-based Harold Thomas (Bundoo). A descendant of the Luritja and Wambai peoples, he was taken from his family when he was seven years old and placed in an institution for Aboriginal boys, and later fostered to a family in Adelaide. After winning a scholarship to study at the South Australian School of Art, he graduated in 1970 becoming the first Aboriginal person to do so. He is perhaps best known as the designer of the Aboriginal flag.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that the painting Tribal Abduction by Harold Thomas (Bundoo) may cause sadness or distress.