Nyunmiti Burton with her two canvasses

Art for Muslim community

by Mike Isle

Aboriginal artists from a remote Australian community have come together to support Canterbury’s Muslim community.

Aboriginal artist Nyunmiti Burton heard of the attack against Muslim worshippers in Christchurch mosques and wanted to show her sadness and grief.

“For us when we lose someone, we go to the families, and we go to the communities, and we grieve, and we grieve, and we grieve,” Burton said.

In Amata, a remote Aboriginal community, she and other female artists gathered to talk about Christchurch and paint. What came of that is two large canvasses that depict the sorrow of a people separated by sea and culture, but united in humanity. One of the canvasses has now been gifted to Christchurch’s Muslim community.

Christchurch’s mayor Lianne Dalziel said Christchurch had been “overwhelmed” by the generosity of people around the world.

“As a city, we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of people all around the world.

“This particular contribution, which involves the Muslim community of our sister city, Adelaide, and the other for Christchurch’s Muslim community, is special,” she said.