Artistic Response: Creating Circles and Culture of Mercy
Tara Eggar (North Sydney)
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Tara Egger is Head of Identity and Creativity Activity Service (CAS) at Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College North Sydney, Australia. Tara produced the Distinct Voice presentation 'Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison' for Segment One, Theme Two "Earth and Integral Ecology"

'In order to bring an awareness and understanding of the Mercy charism to our students a variety of opportunities and experiences for the students have been facilitated across Years 7-12. Guided by Catherine’s words, “we should be as the compass ………….Our centre is God, from whom all our actions should spring from as their source”, my artwork reflects a number of experiences where the circle of Mercy is evident. From our Year 7 formations; Connecting circles of the youngest and the oldest students within the school: the artistic artworks in the retreat compass to the expression of Aboriginal teachings in our three ponds of sacred water - the circle is often used as we express our Mercy culture.

It is hoped that the artwork encourages us to consider our interactions with each other and our common home. We should all be challenged to open our Circles of Mercy to all who wish to enter as well as have the courage to accept entry into all Circles of Mercy just like the bronze sculpture Circle of Mercy, by Michael Bourke in Baggot Street depicts.'

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