Change and Adaptation

02. 08. 2016

NAIDOC Week 2013/2014

Artists:  Nancy Bates  l  John Baker

A performance at a NAIDOC week 2013 Elders lunch

Following on from the Laugh Yourself Well workshops, Nancy Bates and John Baker performed several songs produced in the song writing workshops at an Elders lunch in Murray Bridge.

The event was recorded by filmmaker Paul Gallash.

Partner Outcomes

  •  promotion of key health messages to leaders in the Indigenous community


NAIDOC Week 2014

Artists: Bob Daly   l  Kalyna Micenko (Spinfx)

Umbrellas decorated with healthy living messages and ‘Healthy Me’ masks made  


Working with the Keep It Corka team, schools and community organisations artists Bob Daily and Kalyna Micenko ran a series of art workshops.   The workshops were designed to explored health and wellbeing issues for Aboriginal people through the creation of brightly coloured  masks and the decoration of umbrellas.  The umbrellas and masks were subsequently used to create a strong visual pressence at the 2014 NAIDOC week marches at Murray Bridge, Victor Harbor, Goolwa and Meningie.

More than 75 ‘healthy me’ masks were made and a total of 65 umbrellas decorated.

Agencies for umbrella workshops included:

  • Meningie Aboriginal Self Help group (Meningie),
  • Victor Harbor Aboriginal Youth Action Committee,
  • Ninkowar (Murray Bridge), Elders Group (Victor Harbor),
  • Ngarrindjeri Language group (Victor Harbor),
  • ACCare Youth Justice group (Murray Bridge),
  • Lakalinjeri Tumbetin Waal (Monarto)

Schools for Healthy Me Masks workshops included:

  • Murray Bridge North School,
  • Murray Bridge South Primary School,
  • Fraser Park School,
  • St Josephs School,
  • Raukkan Aboriginal School


NAIDOC Youth & Families Day at Victor Harbor


Partner Outcomes

  • a vibrant visual presence for the Murray Bridge NAIDOC parade and other NAIDOC events
  • health and wellness messages promoted to the broader community
  • a strengthening of relationships with stakeholder groups


Matthew Bennett

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