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‘Picture Perfect’ Celebration for Notre Dame Broome Campus
Pat Dodson portrait returns from Canberra’s National Gallery
at Notre Dame’s Broome Campus on Wednesday 12 July 2017.
7 July 2017
Two-years-ago, Notre Dame University’s Broome Campus said a sad farewell to its favourite painting when a portrait of Senator Pat Dodson, by celebrated artist Zhou Xiaoping, was donated to the National Gallery in Canberra.
On Wednesday 12 July 2017, it returns ‘home’. Thanks to a special request to Senator Dodson and Mr Zhou, and through the skill of photographer Damian Kelly and artist Chris Maher, the portrait will take pride of place again alongside the Painting the Future: Gifts from Country Collection in the University’s library.
Senator Dodson, a long-time supporter and Professor of Indigenous Studies from Notre Dame, will be guest of honour at the unveiling of the photographic replica that has perfectly captured the look, feel and texture of the original painting.
“In 2014, the Lingiari Foundation, of which Senator Dodson is a founding member, loaned our Campus a stunning portrait of Senator Dodson created in mixed medium of spray paint, oil and ink. Hanging over the front desk of our Campus library and, at a size of (188CM x 137CM), it became a focal point for staff students and visitors,” said Professor Juli Coffin, Head of the Broome Campus.
“When the Lingiari Foundation made the decision to share the portrait with a wider audience by donating it to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra everyone on the Campus was sad to see it go, so we were delighted to hear that it would return in photographic form.
“It will be a constant reminder of Professor Dodson who has been integral to establishing the mission of Notre Dame’s Broome Campus and continues to play a key role in educating our students about Aboriginal culture, affairs and the building of relationships with all Australians.
“It also underscores his courageous leadership and advocacy of the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and his ongoing connection to the Notre Dame community,” added Professor Coffin.
Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093; firstname.lastname@example.org