Bendigo Spirit will launch their WNBL Indigenous Round celebrations at Saturday afternoon’s match in Hobart.
Alongside the Southside Flyers, both teams will commemorate the occasion with Tasmanian fans, as they honour the round in both their round 12 and 13 matches down south.
The Spirit’s Indigenous round jersey hosts the WNBL’s league-wide artwork created by Tamara May Murray.
Bendigo Spirit- “The only colours we know are the colours of the game” designed by Tamara May Murray.
The artwork depicts the essence of basketball and the unity of the game that brings us all together.
The semi-circle in the top corner of the artwork visualises a team facing the court. The different layers in the semi-circle represent the individual players that make up the team.
The centre circle represents the basketball court, a communal space where players come together as equals to compete and play the game in unity.
The yellow connection lines emanating from the centre of the court acknowledge that basketball is truly a team sport – not only in relation to the players and spectators, but all the people across our sport supporting and coming together to make the great game happen.
The gateway at the bottom of the piece represents the many opportunities that basketball creates – individuals coming together as a team, working in partnership through the highs and lows to achieve success together. The opportunity to make friends, to improve health and fitness, and to jointly fight to make their team, fans and supporters proud.
About Tamara May Murray.
The artist, Tamara May Murray, is a proud member of the Barkindji and Maraura tribe on her mother’s side, the Yorta Yorta and Dhudaroah tribes on her father’s side. She grew up on the Namatjira Mission in the small country town of Coomealla.
“Culture is everything to me, it’s a way of life, it’s my identity, it’s who I represent – my people, my family. Culture is our way of healing, telling stories, keeping spirits and traditions alive. It’s our connection to the land.”
For Tamara, her art is not simply paint on a canvas. It’s a story; it’s a place; it’s someone she has met along the way that has inspired her. It’s a deep connection to the land and her culture. It is a story that has been passed down.
“I want my art to help break down barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. I hope I can help educate and contribute to a more peaceful world where our children can all walk as one, hand in hand, no matter their skin colour or cultural identity.”
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