MP praises Sukumaran exhibition and local arts centre

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Michael Dagostino, right, with Labor's Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic, Luke Foley, Greg Warren and Walt Secord.
Well done: art centre director Michael Dagostino, right, with Labor’s Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic, Luke Foley, Greg Warren and Walt Secord.

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren has sung the praises of Campbelltown Arts Centre in NSW Parliament this week.

In praising the local arts hub, Mr Warren singled out the recently concluded Another Day in Paradise exhibition, which featured the works of executed Bali Nine leader Myuran Sukumaran, which he produced during his time on death row.

Mr Warren also congratulated arts centre director Michael Dagostino for his work in promoting and supporting the arts community in Campbelltown.

The Campbelltown MP made his comments during a community recognition statement to the parliament.

“I ask the House to acknowledge the wonderful contribution that the Campbelltown Arts Centre provides to the city of Campbelltown,’’ Mr Warren said.

“Recently the Campbelltown Arts Centre showcased the powerful pieces by Myuran Sukumaran, titled, Another Day in Paradise.

[social_quote duplicate=”no” align=”default”]“As an indication of the importance of the arts in our society, the exhibition saw more than 20,000 people from across the country visit our city,’’ Mr Warren said.[/social_quote]

“When I attended the exhibition I was taken back by the sincere regret and contemplation Mr Sukumaran had managed to convey in his work.

“I extend my thanks to the dedicated staff at the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

“I make special mention of director Michael Dagostino.

“I have also had the opportunity to join Luke Foley and Walt Secord at the Western Sydney Arts and Cultural Lobby to discuss the important role their commitment and drive has in our society.

“I ask the House to join me in congratulating and thanking the Campbelltown arts community for making our lives that little bit more colourful.’’

One of Sukumaran's works
Many of Sukumaran’s works were self portraits which captured his emotional rollercoaster before he was executed.

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