Competitors join hands for canoe artwork

The Touching Hands Canoe was the centrepiece of the nine-day Va'a World Elite and Club Sprint Championships held on the Sunshine Coast earlier this month.

An official coordinator from each of the 30 participating nations placed their handprint on the canoe, followed by competitors who placed their own mark which included handprints, thumbs up, foot prints and even a dingo's foot print.

Members of the Nandjimadji Art Group coordinated the handprints on the canoe which was housed in a tent featuring their artwork.

Suncare Community Engagement Manager Graeme Baxter said the canoe attracted much attention, including Maori TV, Tahiti TV and radio.

“This was the most spoken about and photographed piece that we have ever produced.  We also sold a large amount of art pieces on behalf of our fantastic Nandjimadji artists.”

The Nandjimadji Ceremonial Canoe, art work, artists and values were integrated throughout the Va'a World Sprints in ceremonies, displays, event branding and a range of Nandjimadji products.

“We assisted with the opening ceremony, blessing of the fleet and held an art gallery for the entire event inside the Sunshine Coast Stadium at Lake Kawana. We also had a merchandise tent which housed handpainted originals and fine art canvas and paper reproductions for the travellers from around the world,” Mr Baxter said.

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