NAIDOC Art Exhibition at Riverside Campus
RDHS Riverside Campus is fortunate to have our very own artist in residence, respected indigenous elder Barb Egan.
To celebrate NAIDOC week and to acknowledge resident Barb Egan, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer – Barbara Gibson-Thorpe decided to organise an Art Exhibition at Riverside.
Leanne Adcock Director of Clinical Services welcomed everyone and introduced special guests – Elvira Wighton who gave the welcome to country and Darryl Singh who gave a warm rendition on the digeridoo. Several speakers also shared their thoughts acknowledging NAIDOC week and the significant contribution to Aboriginal culture by Barb Egan. Thank you to Rose Kirby and Barb’s daughter Calinda and Granddaughter Gian.
On display was a beautiful collection of art work by Barb, some fortunate visitors took the opportunity to purchase their very own Barb Egan original. Family, visitors, RDHS staff and Riverside residents then enjoyed a lovely morning tea whilst sharing stories and companionship. A moment captured in time demonstrating the willingness of Robinvale to show our unity and appreciation of Aboriginal culture.
Barb’s family acknowledged the wonderful care at Riverside and how comfortable Barb was to now call Riverside her “home”. Barb radiates love and gentleness so caring for Barb is easy – love begets love. Whilst age is slowing Barb down, she is still able to enjoy her favourite pastime in painting and spending time with her loved ones.