Aboriginal artist profiles
Artwork by Dennis Golding, Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay man. Commissioned by Cancer Institute NSW.
Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay man, Dennis Golding, is a Sydney-based artist and also works as the First Nations Creative Producer at Australian Design Centre. Completing his Fine Arts Honours program at UNSW Art & Design, Dennis has developed a creative practice that explores empowering representations of identity and race.
Dennis Golding is a member of the Re-Right Collective, and a current artist in residence at Artspace Sydney. Most recently, he won the Aboriginal Art Award in the 2019 Fishers Ghost Art Awards, and has been named a finalist of the 2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship.
About the artwork
Communicating for and about Aboriginal communities is unique, with stories often told in a very visual way through art. Recognising this, the Cancer Institute NSW commissioned Dennis to create this master artwork to depict the organisation’s story, highlighting its collaboration with other health agencies and local Aboriginal communities.
The master artwork is displayed in the Institute’s office and has been digitally adapted for use across all materials that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs, services and projects.
The overarching theme of the artwork is unity and respect; highlighting how the Institute works with other organisations and communities to better provide programs, services and support for Indigenous Australians as it works to lessen the impact of cancer across NSW.
The Aboriginal artwork is more than just a design—it is about the organisation’s values (collaboration, openness, respect, empowerment) and how it works to lessen the impact of cancer among Aboriginal communities. This artwork and its elements now form part of the Institute’s corporate identity, providing a common base for clear, consistent, unified, credible and effective communication about the Cancer Institute NSW and its work with, and for, Aboriginal communities.