Photograph of Red Dust Heelers Patron Kevin Coombs, titled Honorary Pom, by Photographer Belinda Mason for the Unfinished Business Exhibition.
The Outback Academy is delighted to be working with Unfinished Business which reveals the stories of 30 people with disability from Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Through their involvement in the project each participant draws much-needed attention to critical issues that impact on their lives. Each participant’s story is complex and intertwined with Australia’s political and social history, which has resulted in today’s high rates of disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities.
The Unfinished Business exhibition was launched in September 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, then Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, and Peter Woolcott, Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations. The work was displayed to coincide with the 24th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a body within the Office of the High Comissioner for Human Rights. The project was supported by the First Peoples Disability Network and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through the Australian Mission in Geneva. In December 2013 the exhibition was displayed at the World Health Organisation Headquarters in Geneva. Unfinished Business was a part of Australia’s official contribution to the United Nations 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Persons. This was supported by the Australian Government through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Unfinished Business Exhibition will be moving around Australia and Internationally, commencing at the Northern Territory Library at Parliament House in Darwin on the 9th of June 2015.
The Outback Academy will work to create opportunities for further community engagement through participation in associated events and workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with disability in each ‘Unfinished Business’ destination. This will include an Art Workshop, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with disability will have the opportunity to create artwork to be shown in future Exhibitions.