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Hunter Indigenous artist presents Reconciliation painting to Hume

Hunter Indigenous artist Jakeob Watson officially presented a painting to Hume Community Housing, designed to reflect Hume’s values as part of its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

This proud Gomeroi man and talented artist grew up in Maitland and has painted professionally since 2009. Not only has he produced art for the NRL, his work can be seen as murals and in businesses across the Hunter region.   

Watson is passionate about creating art and teaching culture.  His work also hangs in local schools and Early Childhood Centres, and he actively encourages his own children to contribute to his designs.

“Jakeob has created a beautiful and very meaningful artwork depicting aspects of Hume’s story,” said Senior Manager of Social Impact Sally Regan, who is overseeing Hume’s RAP.

“As part of our RAP, Hume engaged Jakeob to create an artwork reflecting Hume, its values and place within community, whilst using the Hume colours,” she said.

“This tells the story of people and community coming together and will accompany our official RAP, once endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.”

On his Instagram, Jakeob indicated that working with the Hume colours was a joy.

“Finished up this commission work for the amazing family at @humehousing I had a blast working working with this colour pallet ❤️,” he posted.

Hume’s customers and visitors to our Maitland Office will be able to see the painting in the reception area.


Jakeob Watson presents his painting to Sally Regan at Hume       Jakeob Watson with his painting and his Certificate of Appreciation