In 2016 Paspalis purchased Tribal Abduction, the overall winner of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) with the objective to see it displayed in a prominent and worthy public space to ensure maximum exposure and impact for both Australians and international visitors alike.
Our goal is to work with the Australia Council for the Arts and the Northern Territory Government to see this work exhibited in a national cultural institution coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations in 2018. It is our hope that this work will then return to Darwin to be exhibited permanently at the future planned Northern Territory Museum dedicated to the Stolen Generations.
This inspiring painting by one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal artists and Territorian Harold Thomas, himself a member of the Stolen Generations, speaks to the legacy of generational trauma suffered by members of the Stolen Generations. This magnificent work of art has received both national and international acclaim in such publications as the Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and London Times describing it as a work of great historical significance providing space for cathartic reflection and healing.