“I’m Rachael Sarra, a proud Goreng Goreng woman from the Bundaberg area, and I’ve grown up and lived in Jagera country in Ipswich my whole life. I’m an artist and designer and I’m really excited and really proud to work on this collaboration with ALNF.”
About the art.
“A lot of [frank body’s] products are used in the shower, so we have that water element. I really wanted to be inspired by the waterways. And when that water washes over you, it’s a reminder from our past through to our present. And that understanding that we're still here and we're still thriving and surviving. I really wanted to get that across in the artwork to really empower everyone, but to also offer a moment of reflection for those who may be non-indigenous to reflect on where our culture has come from, and how long we've been here, and really get that story across.”
On frank body.
“When I’m looking for collaborations it’s about that shared value and shared understanding and making sure that we do align and that very much was met by frank body. It felt right, I’m really proud to share it.”
“Something that ALNF really strive towards is creating that empowerment. Through literacy and numeracy, we are creating these opportunities for ourselves through self determination. And I think that’s just so important to not only share in the artwork, but to make people aware of the incredible work that they do. What I love about ALNF is that they’re creating this culturally safe space for mob to get that understanding.”
The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation is made up of a dedicated bunch of individuals working together to raise the literacy, language and numeracy levels of Australia’s most marginalised communities including First Nations peoples.
Because around 44% of Australian adults don’t have the literacy skills they need for everyday life. This includes some basics like reading and writing; tools that help us with things like filling out forms or communicating to get what we need.
“If you’re wondering how this collaboration came about, my background is actually in ESL teaching. That was how I started my career and I partnered with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation about five years ago because I believe so much in the importance of the work they’re doing. Having worked within the education system and being the daughter of two teachers, I knew first-hand how vital the assets and the education sources that ALNF provide are.”
Why is the work that ALNF does so important?
Because around 44% of Australian adults don’t have the literacy skills they need for everyday life.
This includes some basics like reading and writing; tools that help us with things like filling out forms or communicating to get what we need.
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