Dreamtime Drive took place in 2013 and combined fundraising, Aboriginal Art and travel to remote communities to come up with a beautiful car painted by reknowned artists from all around Australia.
The car is available for purchase to any who might be interested and willing to acquire a high quality 4WD car with invaluable authentic traditional and modern artwork. All proceeds will go to Red Dust’s programs in remote communities, which strives to improve health and promotes a health lifestyle.
Have a look at the amazing car in the video below and look around the website to discover the origin and meaning of each painting. For anyone interested in obtaining the car, please contact Red Dust at firstname.lastname@example.org
The past week has been a very busy one for Dreamtime Drive as the project came to an end thanks to the painting of our last white panel and to our last strecth of driving towards Melbourne and our finale event. It is with great satisfaction that we finalised our project but in more than one way, this is not the end of our involvement with closing the gap.
We completed the painting of the car in the South Australian riverlands thanks to local school kids and younger children we know through family connections. We felt it was a great way to end the collaborative painting, with indigenous and non-indigenous children picking their favourite colour and putting their handprint on the car, symbolising the charity dimension of the project as Red Dust fights for health in remote communities.
Our last night in the tent was followed by our finale event at the MCG in Melbourne where the Red Dust team and ambassadors welcomed us back and gave us a chance to broadcast the car on television when Channel 10’s cameras came down.
We are still keeping the project alive this week as we are very very close to the $5000 fundraising mark and would welcome donations this week to pass this symbolic mark. You can help us by donating on our fundraising website
For anyone interested in purchasing the wonderful 4WD, please contact email@example.com
The Dreamtime Drive car now looks almost complete thanks to Marra Dreaming who took time in a busy week to paint the large back panel of our car! Marra Dreaming operates as an art gallery as well as a drop-in community centre. Raylene and Samantha, the mother and daughter who painted the car with their incredible design, manage the centre and do a lot of work with the local community and schools.
To take a closer look at their amazing meeting place and snake design, head off to our photo section!
To learn more about the work of Marra Dreaming and Raylene and Samantha’s career and paintings, read their artist profiles!
Visit http://www.marradreaming.com.au/ for more information
We drove a long stretch from Esperance to arrive in Adelaide in time for our special event at Indigenu! It all happened on Friday the 2nd of August on 131 Sturt St in Adelaide’s CBD. The event saw Bernadine Kamarra Johnson paint a panel of the Dreamtime Drive car, courtesy of Indigenu who organised the painting session!
You can have a look at Bernadine’s beautiful Bush Medicine design in our photo section.
To learn more on Indigenu and Bernadine’s background as well as the meaning of her painting, head off to her artist profile!
The back of the Dreamtime Drive car looks much more exciting since Monday, thanks to the Roebourne Art Group and to the two painters that have participated in the project: Rosaline Diamond, young emerging artist, and Loreen Samson, a senior and recently awarded artist from the Art Group. They have proudly represented the Pilbara region through a Burrup rock art style of painting!
Head off to our Artist section to learn about them and about the meaning of the painting, or simply look through our pictures!
It has occurred to us, with force, the impact that reduced health is having in remote communities. This has manifested itself most prominently by the words ‘sorry business’, which has been a recurring phrase and without doubt the number one reason for non-participation in the DD Project. A suicide and alcohol related death are the only ‘sorry business’ that have been disclosed to us, so we can not postulate on the causes in other communities we’ve visited, but these are enough to strike the wrong chords and drive home the terms ‘Closing the Gap’, a phrase that one can’t avoid when involved in some way with Indigenous health. While the phrase is a catchy and novel one, it would sit easier on the mind if it weren’t for these constant reminders out in the bush – so in your face and so in stark contrast with city living. Statistics tell us a grave story about life expectancy in Australia with an Indigenous man and woman, born between 2005 and 2007, expected to live 11.5 years and 10 years less than non-Indigenous respectively. But these numbers, while totally inappropriate and unacceptable in a developed country, are not enough to uncover the desperate need inherent in the Closing the Gap campaign. Nonetheless, all is not lost! Organisations like Red Dust are doing something about it, something practical. The health promotion, school-based programs funded by Red Dust work, and what’s the best thing about them? They cater for the uniqueness of each partner community, which as we have now inevitably learnt along the way are very distinct between communities. Why not get involved?
Long John Dewar working at Mimi Arts
We’ve clocked up 10,863km and finally reached the WA border! A lot has happened to get here, and it would not be an understatement to say the last couple of days at Mimi Arts in Katherine will be with us for the countless kms and years ahead. We are indebted to this art centre, not only for the gift of Long John’s incredible talent, contributing the 5th painting of Dreamtime Drive, but we were particularly moved during the time we spent here. The warm generosity of Barbara, the Manager, and her enthusiasm towards the project as well as the funny, wise and benevolently open nature of Long John has been a welcome motivation and warmed the journey ahead. Find out more about this incredible artist and his fine attention to detail here and don’t forget to check out the latest photos, don’t miss out!