St Kilda Football Club in collaboration with Principal Partner Pepper Money tonight launched Najingawula kuriwu - Together We Rise, a digital exhibition to celebrate Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round.
Featuring 10 images from the Saints’ annual pre-season trip to the Top End, the exhibition tells the story of the Tiwi, as photographed by St Kilda's Corey Scicluna.
After the club's initial plans to unveil and exhibit the gallery at RSEA Park were interrupted due to COVID-19, Najingawula kuriwu underwent a digital transformation to continue to celebrate the club's Indigenous ties in such a significant week.
Ben Long – whose paternal grandparents were taken as part of the stolen generation and grew up on the Islands – said he was excited to see the exhibition come to life.
“I’m really proud of the club for getting behind Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round with this exhibition,” Long said.
“The Tiwi Islands hold a really special place in my family’s heart, so to see my club recognise that means a lot to me.”
Long is confident that the visibility of the exhibition will lead to a greater cultural awareness of Australia’s First Nations.
“I hope the exhibition starts a conversation,” he said.
The exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of long-term Principal Partner, Pepper Money.
Special edition Najingawula kuriwu - Together We Rise prints are available now from Saints Locker.
Proceeds from all wall prints or postcards purchased from the exhibition will go directly to Tiwi College and Point + Be Proud, a new documentary centred on Nicky Winmar’s iconic stance and the long-term effects of racism.
The Point + Be Proud documentary and associated educational program has been led by Nathan Lovett-Murray in conjunction with the Saints, and aims to raise awareness of the ripple effect of racism and the ongoing mental health issues that racial bullying can cause.
Prints will be supplied by Saints fan Darren Seccull from Australian Supplies & Printing ASAP.