We have partnered with contemporary Aboriginal artist, Gavin Wanganeen to create a very special collection in support and celebration of Aboriginal culture through art.
Gavin's artwork features on the new limited edition range now available online and in-store.
The collaboration coincides with the opening of Gavin's solo exhibition, Through The Stars, at the Hill Smith Gallery in Adelaide.
The gift range sees delicious chocolates presented in collectable tinware and specially designed gift boxes. It features one of Gavin's favourite Haigh’s chocolates, the Dark Quandong, among other decadent selections.
Gavin Wanganeen is an acclaimed contemporary Aboriginal artist, Australian sporting legend and proud descendant of the Kokatha Mula people of the Western Desert in South Australia. The Kokatha people have a strong connection to country, the night sky and stories in the stars – a deep source of inspiration for Gavin’s paintings.
A passionate supporter of Indigenous empowerment, Gavin frequently travels to remote Aboriginal communities encouraging positive life choices through sport, education, culture and community. He is a driving force behind key organisations including the Indigenous Players Alliance, recently formed to support Indigenous Australian Football League (AFL) players throughout their life and career both on and off the field.
Gavin is celebrated for his ground-breaking achievements in the AFL. His exceptional sporting talent saw him blaze a trail as the first Indigenous person to win the Brownlow medal and play 300 games. In 2019, he became the first Aboriginal ex-AFL player ever to be elected to an AFL Club board. A two-time Premiership winner and member of the AFL Hall of Fame, Gavin has inspired a generation of Australians with his talent and professionalism.
The Artwork: Shooting Star
Gavin’s work is modern and invigorating, while staying true to his heritage and experience as an Indigenous Australian. Through his paintings, Gavin explores his ancestral links, recreating memories and capturing the beauty of his grandfather’s country.
This work, entitled Shooting Star, tells the story of home. Imagine you are positioned at the highest point in the universe, looking down through the stars to home. There are shooting stars burning across the night sky below, highlighting your journey and your connection to where you belong. Everyone’s interpretation of home is different. For Gavin, home is his grandfather’s land on the West Coast of South Australia.
Gavin’s art, like his sporting career, is heavily influenced by his respect for his grandfather and his Kokatha heritage. Passion, creativity and a strong sense of community all influence his work.
Giving back: The Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships
Haigh's is proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this special gift range to the Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships.
Established in 2005 by the University of South Australia, the scholarship program provides support for disadvantaged Indigenous students with a strong desire to succeed and contribute to their community, by enabling them to complete a university degree.
Through the power of education, the Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships have changed the lives of its 45 recipients to date who, in turn, are inspiring others to change their lives. Many scholarship graduates now work in the fields of Indigenous health, education and social work, while others are making their mark in the arts and media.
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