Tommy Day III

News| 4th July 2024
Tommy Day III
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In celebration of NAIDOC Week, First Nations artist Tommy Day III will produce a large-scale artwork live at Chadstone from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 July.

We asked Day some questions around the importance of NAIDOC Week and the story behind the artwork he'll be creating at Chadstone.

What traditional land do you come from?

Day: I’m a Kerrupmara man from the Gunditjmara Nation. I come from a place called Tae Rak - Lake Condah from the Budj Bim Cultural landscape in the far south western district of Victoria. I am based in Naarm - Melbourne on the lands of the Kulin Nation.

Can you explain what NAIDOC stands for and what this important week recognises?

Day: NAIDOC week is a big celebration for Indigenous people and a highlight on the Blak calendar - it is our Blak Christmas. While reconciliation week focuses on relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, NAIDOC week is purely to celebrate our culture and achievements.

What does NAIDOC Week mean to you?

Day: NAIDOC Week for me represents a time where our communities come together to celebrate each other. A week where all activities are centred on celebrating our culture and identities.

How can people get involved in NAIDOC Week and show their support?

Day: NAIDOC Week activities are run throughout the week and across all communities. Ending with the NAIDOC March on Friday 12th July where all are welcome.

Can you talk us through the story behind the artwork you will be painting at Chadstone?

Day: I have titled the artwork 'Mirring Leerpeen - Countries Song' as an ode to country and the songs that have been sung across it. It depicts the waterways, the landscapes that have been shaped over countless generations. My approach is a bird's eye perspective and serves as a map of the country. We believe when the land was created, the great creators danced and sung the land into existence. The fine lines throughout represent people, their journey and the journeys made today. Our collective footprints and our songs today.

You can see Tommy create 'Mirring Leerpeen - Countries Song' live near Tiffany & Co from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 July. The artwork will then be on display near David Jones on Lower Ground level until Wednesday 31 July.

Photography by Nicole Reed

Discover What's on at Chadstone for NAIDOC week here.

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