Shining the light on Indigenous servicewomen

A MOVE to shine a light on the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Bundaberg region who have served, or are serving, in Australian and Allied Defence Forces is being driven by Elements Art and IWC.


IWC has thrown its support behind the ground-breaking 2017 "Salute to Servicewomen” exhibition being held to honour Bundaberg women who have served, or are serving, in Australian and Allied Defence Forces.


The exhibition is being delivered by Elements Art with the support of the Bundaberg & District Ex-Servicewomen’s Association, and will mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary. It also will be held during NAIDOC Week.


The exhibition will feature portraits of current and former Servicewomen from Bundaberg region, and Elements Art is actively seeking the involvement of both Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous former and current servicewomen who would like their portrait to be included.  


Elements Art comprises four local artists who have delivered joint exhibitions since 2009. It comprises Jacky Poulter and Janette Young, who both work in acrylics, oils and pastels, art photographer Wayne Poulter and sculptor Sergio Martinho. Wayne Poulter will provide all of the portraits.


"Preparations for this exhibition, which will be open free of charge to the public on July 8 and 9, have already delivered an exceptional outcome in relation to the important role of women in service of our country,” said Jacky.


"As a result of the behind-the-scenes work to deliver the event, for the first time a separate Roll of Honour and Commemorative Roll of our fallen servicewomen is being created, whereas currently there is only a non-gender-specific Honour Board. We want to take this a step further, and enable our community to actively recognise and show our respect for the Indigenous Australian women from our region who have, or are, giving so much for their country.”


IWC is a non-government, Aboriginal community-controlled organisation that delivers health, wellbeing, family and services to all, without barriers, across Bundaberg and the Wide Bay / Burnett.


IWC CEO Ara Harathunian said: "IWC works to deliver Reconciliation in Action every day through its transformational management model that is totally inclusive, and delivers services without discrimination.


"IWC provides services to more than 12,500 people – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – and are pleased to support an event that is moving to recognise the contribution of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous servicewomen of Australia, and honours them all.”


An artwork by Jacky Poulter hangs in the foyer of the IWC Health & Wellbeing Centre. The artwork is based on the message behind the IWC logo – What do you have in your hands? How can you contribute to the highest good of the community? - and the transformational management model that underpins the operations of IWC.


Elements Art’s "1 in 100” exhibition held in 2015 as part of the ANZAC centenary celebrations earned it the Australia Day 2016 Creative Spirit Award.


Other key sponsors of the Salute to Servicewomen exhibition are Frameworks, Bundaberg Broadcasters, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Palm Lake Resort, Picture Perfect and Bundaberg Aero Club.


Nominations for inclusion in the exhibition can be made by contacting Jacky Poulter of Elements Art on 0419 792 457 or by emailing Individuals and groups also are invited to sponsor a portrait to the value of $200.


More details about the Salute to Servicewomen exhibition are available at