Artwork is about inclusion

STRENGTH, pride and balance were the concepts represented in an artwork by Jay Davis and young people from About Inclusion, which featured prominently at the Wingham Akoostik Music Festival.

The double-sided nine metre-long community mural decorated the front of the 'Khatabundah Stage'.

Growing up in Taree in a family of five kids, Jay is a talented visual artist, author, actor and teacher as well as accomplished musician.

His mission is to promote the culture of Taree and the surrounding region, showing the beauty of our country and lifestyle through music, art, wit and honour to the great tributary called the Manning.

Jay believes that art is a true reflection of his spirit and that when he is painting, sculpting, playing music or writing or performing comedy he expresses this. He believes that Australians are searching for their cultural identity and that comedy, music and art are great mediums for the education of a nation.

About the mural

o The man in the centre is about history and the circles around him are tradition.

o The striking lln shapes are the symbol of the warrior (spears etc) and it is important that each time they appear they are represented on the other side to keep balance.

o Balancing your inner warrior comes from the symmetrical balanced design of the mural.

o The blue shapes in the background are sections of two really big hand prints, they show the fingerprints of touch.

o The blue lines that are a crescent underneath the traditional man are the Manning River, the large blue dots above are the drops of water for life.

o The sharks are the totem of the Biripi people.

o The cobalt blue and orange colours are opposites on the colour wheel, using them in contrast to one another makes the eye keep circling back around the image, making you have a second look.

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