Royal Flying Doctor Service
The Aurukun initiative began in late March 2014, following an agreement between Sam and the Royal Flying Doctor Service for her to work with clients of the RFDS Aurukun Wellbeing Centre to develop ideas for the mural’s design and then to express those ideas in paint.
The work took place for 3 days every fortnight for 3 months.
Sam has worked nationally with organisations such as The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Cape York), Tania Major Consulting (Cape York), Queensland Health (Cape York), NORTEC and Envite (NSW), The Wirrpanda Foundation (WA), the NSW department of Education and Tweed Shire Council.
The programs are popular, healing, inspiring and enjoyable and have had a remarkable affect on the lives of some of society's most disadvantaged people. Sam listens and responds to desired outcomes, creating flexible and original arts-based projects that recognise and encourage human potential. Sam has a warm personality and a quick response creative mind. The combination connects people, is enjoyable, practical and deeply insightful.
In 2001, David Wirrpanda, one of Australia’s most treasured retired Aboriginal Australian rules footballers launched a foundation bearing his own name to support and advance opportunities for Aboriginal people in education, leadership and employment.
For 4 years, Sam designed up to 4 therapeutic arts based programs a year for the Wirrpanda Foundation that Sam has delivered in schools and communities throughout the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The custom designed programs model self-respect, purpose and belonging. The art created by the group is an instrument that instils pride in culture, respect for humanity and strengthens our responsibility to protect the natural world. The artworks become a permanent reminder of the topics explored and the programs are creative, deeply engaging and joyful.
Mullumbimby Food Hub
The Mullumbimby Food Hub is an ecologically smart food production space that enables businesses to share resources. The mural depicts the Perpetual Supper with purveyors sharing their produce as they sit in circle around a giant platter. Central is an Aboriginal woman, having welcomed the group to Country. Mullumbimby's iconic Mount Chincogan rises above this scene of cooperation and abundance. The children, with seeds ready to sow, are symbolic of our responsibility to protect the quality of all life on Earth.