Hart art in the frame for colourful art of reconciliation

SPIRIT OF RECONCILIATION: Noosa MP Glen Elmes with artist David Hart with his work to bring two cultures together.
SPIRIT OF RECONCILIATION: Noosa MP Glen Elmes with artist David Hart with his work to bring two cultures together. Contributed

"POLITICS is the art of the possible" - so said German statesman Otto Von Bismarck - but Member for Noosa Glen Elmes hopes a piece of real art can help deliver when it comes to reconciliation.

Last week the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs accepted a magnificent painting from Noosa art figure David Hart, which depicts the birth of Australia.

Mr Hart has donated the $90,000 work to State Parliament where it will hang on the wall as "a constant reminder of reconciliation".

Mr Hart, the son of artist, Pro Hart, and his wife Christine operate David Hart Galleries in Hastings St. Entitled Australia Mural, the painting depicts the arrival of the First Fleet and recognises the hardship and displacement it caused for the traditional owners of this land.

Mr Elmes said it's one painting in Mr Hart's Arrival Series.

"I'm pleased to see the painting hanging in Parliament because, apart from being a stunning piece of art, it represents a change away from how the settlement of Australia has been portrayed in the past," he said.

Mr Hart said he donated the work because it's a significant non-indigenous cultural place where the reconciliation between black and white Australia can be on permanent display.

"When I learnt about our history from an indigenous perspective, it was a great turning point for me," he said.

Speaking of works of art - Mr Elmes is delighted with the creative spark of one of his Brisbane staffers who helped design his new website.


Topics:  david hack classic glen elmes

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Making an arty stand for turtles

GREEN ART: Sunshine Beach State School students with their art that raises awareness of the impact our rubbish has on local sea creatures.

Enviro art makes a stand against rubbish

Challenge to pool erosion zone ban

The highlighted property at Peregian Beach that has led to a legal challenge to Noosa Council.

Court challenge to council pool refusal at Peregian Beach

Mixed shops 'the way ahead'

Acres./ Noosaville.
Photo Geoff Potter / Noosa News

Council sees mixed use as retailing future

Local Partners

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Oriana Choir dazzles audiences throughout Europe

GRAND STAGE: Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir at Esztergom Basilica, the seat of the Catholic Church in Hungary and third largest cathedral in Europe after St Peters in Rome and St Pauls in London.

People travelled far and wide to hear the choir

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Give me shelter - but perhaps not in this park

Some regular users of Cotton Tree Park have bagged the new shelter sheds, saying the roofs are too high to provide adequate protection from the sun and rain.

Users say no cover in new shelters

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.