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A stunning new art commission for Programmed

Mar 29, 2022

Renowned West Australian Aboriginal Artist Rohin Kickett has designed a beautiful artwork for Programmed.

Aboriginal artwork of Australia

The aerial landscape reimagines the map of Australia using earthy tones, dot painted cities and communities and contrasts this with stunning blue and green waterways. The oversized oil canvas will hang in pride of place at the company’s Burswood office.

It’s the first time Programmed has engaged an Indigenous artist to create a composition. The abstract work reflects the reach and relationships formed between Programmed and Aboriginal communities around the country.

Before accepting the commission, Rohin wanted to understand the type of work Programmed did to see whether his talents would align with our company’s vision. Rohin was pleased to learn about Programmed’s Indigenous programs and felt this project was a good fit with his values.

Rohin explains his composition, “I’ve taken images from maps of every capital city and looked at what parts of the area I want to incorporate into the artwork, the top left corner is from the inlet in Darwin, the river mouth from Sydney harbour, the big belly of the river is from the Swan River Perth, which turns into the Murray River, Victoria and in the bottom right you will see Lake Burly Griffin.”

For Kelly Beckman, First Nations Engagement Manager the artwork is important because, “It will sit alongside the Programmed name to inspire us all to grow current relationships while being open to new ones.

Over time, we hope that our story will become a connected one of respect and equity—carrying the very essence and spirit of all Australia’s people.

Kelly Beckman, First Nations Engagement Manager

The artwork will grace the walls of Programmed’s Burswood office and be available on company documents such as the Reconciliation Action Plan and various marketing assets.

Lynette Graham, National Social Inclusion Manager, says, “As an Aboriginal woman, I feel proud that a company like Programmed is leading the way in acknowledging First Nation’s people and partnering with us in the journey of sharing our culture in the communities where we live and work.”

Kelly Beckman shares this sentiment saying, “We hope this artwork builds understanding and fosters greater commitment to create outstanding people, strong customers and great communities, hand in hand with First Nations people.”

The Programmed team are set to enjoy this beautiful work of art that speaks of the past and brings hope for a better future for many years to come.

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