The ‘CLO Journey’ painting portrays Community Living Options’ four decades of history in the disability sector, as envisioned by the First Nations artist Chern’ee Sutton.
As part of NAIDOC week, we are very pleased to share CLO’s 40th-anniversary commemorative artwork: The painting called ‘CLO Journey’ celebrates our commitment to the disability community, paying tribute to the collective First Nations heritage of our team and the people we support.
The author of this masterpiece is Chern’ee Sutton, a Kalkadoon woman and contemporary artist who did a superb job portraying our journey from an indigenous perspective.
As envisioned by the artist, the people around the outside circle represents the diversity of needs, dreams, choices, and individuality supported by CLO. The large sun surrounding the CLO Community symbol represents our vision of great opportunities and a great life for all people. The stars represent commitment to our employees, with the purple circles representing our core values. Finally, the footprints show CLO’s journey, from the past, to the present and into the future, traveling and growing throughout the painting – just as CLO has grown from humble beginnings and continue to step forward in its journey.
Our CEO Mel Kubisa adds: “We chose to reveal the artwork during NAIDOC week to show our respects to the traditional owners of the land, making a double celebration of our intertwined stories. CLO’s 40th anniversary is a keystone to reflect on our achievements and contributions as an Australian Not-For-Profit organisation, as an opportunity to move forward increasing our commitment to local communities and all people with disability. Our organisation will continue to evolve together with First Nation people into the future, throughout our beloved homeland of South Australia and beyond.”
Community Living Options would like to thank every person who walked with us on this journey that made us a successful endeavour of social purpose. May we celebrate together our four decades of shared history, providing the best care and support so people can access great opportunities and live a great life.
The original artwork will be on permanent display and open for visits at the lobby reception of our Edwardstown office from 20 July 2022.