Stoddart has officially released their 2021 ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan.
The RAP has been developed by the directors and management of Stoddart – Tim Stoddart, Tony Stoddart and Jeff Mundy – with a commitment to advance reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This plan reinforces Stoddart’s commitment to diversity within and external to our business.
Stoddart commenced an 8-member RAP Working Group in November 2020 to develop the RAP and investigate, develop, engage and activate the Board’s vision for reconciliation. The directors and key staff in this group assist in the development of the RAP as it progresses.
Over the coming year, Stoddart intends to use this RAP as a framework to better understand the specific challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Plan also outlines a number of goals that Stoddart is committed to meeting over the next 12 months.
Thank you to everyone that has been involved in creating and implementing the RAP into the business.
The artwork featured on the Stoddart 2021 RAP is called “My Country” by Yannima Tommy Watson.
“My grandfather’s country, grandmother’s country. When they were alive, they would take me around the country, when I was a kid. That’s why we look after country, go out whenever we can. See if the rock holes are good”
Yannima Tommy Watson is a senior Pitjantjatjarra elder and Law man. Watson was born at Irrunytj in the remote Central Desert. Watson spent many of his early years as a stockman and handyman, working in a number of stations and outstations in the desert. Watson was one of the founding members of Irrunytju Arts and has sprung to prominence both nationally and internationally. He paints ancient and sacred stories associated with their lands known collectively as Tjukurrpa. His bold artwork is highly sought after.
A finalist of the Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2002, 2003 & 2008 and held in all major public collections in Australia, plus a permanent presence at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.
The Watson Adelaide - Art Series Hotel draws inspiration from Yannima Tommy Watson. Tommy’s originals and prints are spotted throughout the hotel, with large communal spaces enriched by splashes of desert colour.
The original work is part of the art collection of Bill Stoddart and the images shown in this document have been reproduced with permission from the Artist’s Estate.