Artist Leanne Tobin

Leanne Tobin

Leanne is a multidisciplinary artist of Irish, English and Aboriginal heritage, descending from the Buruberong and Wumali clans of the Dharug, the traditional Aboriginal people of the Greater Sydney region.

Leanne works collaboratively with community groups, local schools and institutions to tell local histories and stories, with the aim to evoke an environmental conscience and respect towards the land and its original people. She is driven by a strong sense of 'truth-telling' about what happened here on Dharug land.

Through her art she seeks to encourage open and honest dialogue about the past, and to nurture respect and care for Country, reflecting on the intrinsic spiritual connection Aboriginal people have with the land; a connection that is often hidden beneath the concrete and tar of the city and suburbs.

Leanne Tobin Keeping Them Safe

Leanne Tobin

Keeping them Safe, 2006

Pastel

Keeping them Safe was created to reflect on the traditional role of Aboriginal men as protectors of women and children.

Leanne Tobin Pathway

Leanne Tobin

Pathway, 2017

Pastel

Pathway was created to show growth, moving forward and growing an Aboriginal workforce and shows people coming together and taking the journey together.

Leanne Tobin Standing Strong

Leanne Tobin

Standing Strong, 2016

Pastel

Standing Strong was created to show the strength of women in the community. Women’s role in Aboriginal communities is supportive and collaborative. They are the ‘glue’ of community, working often behind the scenes to bring people together and support and lift up those who are struggling.

Leanne Tobin United We Stay Strong

Leanne Tobin

United We Stay Strong, 2010

Acrylic

United We Stay Strong was created to show unity and families working together for positive outcomes. The river and its surrounds provided food and resources and traditionally was a living place where families gathered.

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