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Baptist Care SA Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) – ‘Transition Pathways’

Baptist Care SA Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) – ‘Transition Pathways’

Baptist Care SA is committed to finding a way forward for everyone we serve.
We call these pathways for change, ‘Transitions Pathways’.


Early in 2019, we commissioned Molly Peterson of the Luritja Nations, NT, now living in Adelaide, to paint her interpretation of how people at Baptist Care SA’s WestCare Centre are assisted to move along their own, unique ‘transition pathways from adversity to opportunity’.


We asked Molly to share with us how this beautiful artwork evolved and what it means to her.


Molly says: “I was born near Papanya out in the bush. I learned my tjukurrpa, my dreaming, when I was 12 years old. My grandmother and grandfather would write the signs on the ground and I would learn from it. They would draw these pictures with dirt that I paint now. When I was 17, I learned how to paint.


This painting is about all the work that Baptist Care SA does in South Australia.  


There are people from different cultures all working together to make life better. There are houses for people who don’t have houses. There is good food for people and gardens.


In the corner of the painting there are elders having lunch with Baptist Care SA workers. In the other corner there is an art workshop for people who want to paint. There are Baptist Care SA workers looking after children and there are people meeting in the church.


Between all the people there are paths for people to walk on. Many different types of people use the paths. Some people can’t walk or have a disability and Baptist Care SA helps them to get on the paths too.


I see all of the work that Baptist Care SA does and that’s all in this painting.”


To find out more, click below to watch a video.


Molly Nampitjinpa Peterson
Acrylic on canvas, 120cm x 120cm
May 2019


Julie Lawrie, Molly Nampitjinpa Peterson, Graham Brown and Mickey Kumatpi Marrutya O`Brien at the unveiling of ‘Transition Pathways’.