We pay our respects to the Dharawal people who are the traditional custodians of the land, whose deepening connection to culture and customs have cared for this country for over 60,000 years. We acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging for their immense spiritual connection to place which was never ceded.

Dharawal land has always been recognised as a meeting place for people from other lands, and in this spirit we respectfully continue this tradition through the bringing together of our communities through arts and culture.

Always was and Always will be Aboriginal land.  

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Richard J Bell

Photo by Garry Trinh

Richard J Bell’s work explores the notion of transitioning from illness to wellness and resilience. He intends for the voice-hearing community to relate on a deep emotional level, finding comfort in his work. Bell explores his Polynesian culture through kupesi designs, often superimposed over photos he has taken during visits to Tonga. In 2020, he collaborated with artist Blake Thomas for a major permanent public work where their work was etched into metal (Rizal Park, NSW). In 2017 Bell’s memoir appeared in ‘Semicolon: Your story isn’t over’ (Harper Collins). In 2015 he published ‘The Gospel of Schizophrenia’ (Amazon CreateSpace). In 2021 Bell was mentored by Tongan Culture consultant, Rosaline Uanivā Havea, supported by Create NSW.

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