Indigenous artist's work for WYD merchandise

Organisers of World Youth Day 2008 are working with Aboriginal artist Richard Campbell, using a selection of his artwork on official WYD08 merchandise.

Campbell is originally from the Gumbaingirr/Dhungutti people. He has created a series of indigenous artworks that reinterpret major Catholic themes and stories.

Recently, he was chosen as one of the finalists in the prestigious Blake Prize.

His Fourteen Stations of the Cross, The Madonna, The Crucifixion and The Resurrection will be used on merchandise for pilgrims for World Youth Day.

The actual artworks will also be on display in a city venue during the week.

Campbell said he was asked by a priest to connect Aboriginal spirituality with Bible stories through a painting.

"When I started to paint, I felt my own spirituality come flooding back and I started to remember the stories of my people," Campbell said.

"That's when I became aware of the similarity between Aboriginal and Christian stories."

He has collaborated with his sister Louise Campbell, who has composed the prayers and stories behind the paintings.

The art will be available for purchase on WYD08's website.

Aboriginal artist to work with World Youth Day (World Youth Day 15/11/07)

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World Youth Day 2008
Richard Patrick Campbell (Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Archdiocese of Sydney)

16 Nov 2007