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The Quad Mural

Fintan Magee

In December 2018, renowned street artist Fintan Magee was commissioned by the The Quad and supported by The Back Alley Gallery to paint a mural on the façade of the Lismore Library. Situated in the Lismore Quadrangle, the final work was a key feature of the 2019 Quad creative program.

The Quad partnered with Gnibi - Southern Cross University's Indigenous School – to develop the theme for the mural portrait which celebrates intergenerational exchange of Bundjalung knowledge and language. The work features an Elder and a young person from the Widjubul Wiyabul clan of the Bundjalung nation to represent their significant role in the preservation and revitalisation of traditional language.

The work's broader theme represents the historic moment in 2017 when the NSW government passed the nation's first Aboriginal languages legislation, at which Widjubul Wiyabul Elders were present. A message stick, held by the subject in the portrait, was painted by a young Lismore Widjubul man and used in the message stick ceremony in Parliament House.

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