As we join together to recognise National Reconciliation Week 2020, the team at Cafs have been treated to a beautiful display of indigenous art from the private collection of Cafs Executive Manager People and Engagement, Robyn Clark.

Here you can enjoy the works digitally. 

White Woman Bathing

Painted by Cody in 2010

Wurundjeri Tribe

Robyn says; I purchased this at a Charity Auction for a women's refuge in Melbourne.
The artist was covering a famous European piece. I don't know this piece, but I did like the elegance of Cody's interpretation.
This hangs where I make coffee.    


Painted by Mandi Barton-Travis

Yorta Yorta Tribe

Robyn says; I purchased this at a pop-up art gallery during Naidoc Week in 2011.
I really warmed to this piece. 
I identified with the symbolism of strength in family relationships and the importance of joining and maintaining connectedness. 
This hangs in my hallway.  

The Sun

By Warruthurung Glass Art 2015 

Robyn says; I just love how the richness and importance of the sun has been captured by glass. 
I bought this at a pop-up art gallery in 2015 during Naidoc Week in 2015, it is original and all created in Geelong; another present to myself for a new home. 
This sits on a buffet near my lounge room. 


Painted by Cody in 2010

Wurundjeri Tribe

Robyn says; I purchased this at a Charity Auction for a women's refuge in Melbourne.
What struck my about this piece was how Cody captured movement.
If you look long enough you will see life. 
This hangs in my lounge-room.  

The Grampians


Painted by Herb Patten

Wurundjeri Tribe

Purchased in 2015

(Uncle Herb is also a master of gum-leaf whistling)

Robyn said; I purchased this piece at a pop-up art gallery during NAIDOC Week in 2015 whilst working in the Central Highlands. 
I also had the privilege of hearing Uncle Herb play. 

I loved the vibrancy of colour, difference in texture, and it reminded me I lived in the Grampians Region.
It was a picture of where I lived at the time. 
This hangs outside on my house, under my front verandah. 

Reflections on Life

By Awakabel & Warruthurong Mobs

Painted between April and June 2014

Robyn says; This painting I love! 

I purchased this from RMIT's indigenous art faculty during NAIDOC Week in 2015. 

This dot painting took three months to paint.
The emotions, the dedication, the colour, and the name, it's symbolism really inspires me.
This was a present to myself when I moved into my new house. 
It hangs above my bed. 

Tea set by Warlukurlangu artists

Ruth Napaljarri Stewart

Ngatijirri Jukurrpa
(Green Budgerigar Dreaming)

The Ngatijirri Jukurrpa Dreaming belongs to Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women and Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men.
Ngatijirri (Melopsittacus undulatus) are small bright green budgerigars native to central Australia and common around the
Yuendumu area. Men would hunt for Ngatijirri, robbing nests of eggs.
Juvenile birds are considered a delicacy, as are the eggs. The men would go hunting looking for Ngatijirri,
swinging branches to kill the birds. 

This Jukurrpa site for Ngatijirri is Yangarnmpi south of Yuendumu. It travelled there from Patirlirri, near Willowra, and goes through to Marngangi, north/west of Mt Dennison.
Each time the flock lands they perform ceremonies, singing and dancing. These sites are depicted as concentric circles.
The arrow like shapes are the footprints of the birds in the ground.