South Australian chocolate maker Haigh’s Chocolates has collaborated with contemporary Aboriginal artist, Gavin Wanganeen, on an artsy gift collection that pays tribute to indigenous culture in Australia.
Haigh’s Chocolates chief executive Alister Haigh said working with the renowned Aboriginal artist on the limited edition gift range was a privilege for the family-owned chocolate company.
The new collaboration marks the opening of his solo exhibition, Through The Stars, at the Hill Smith Gallery in Adelaide.
“Haigh’s is very pleased to collaborate with Gavin and delighted to see his striking artwork on our new gift range,” Haigh said.
The artwork, Shooting Star, depicts Wanganeen’s grandfather’s land in South Australia. It envisions the “highest point in the universe, looking down to home through shooting stars burning across the night sky below. The stars light the viewer’s journey and connection to where they belong”.
“I am extremely proud of Haigh’s, an iconic South Australian family business, for choosing to collaborate with an Aboriginal artist and have an indigenous design at the forefront of their gift packaging. Their vision is very inclusive and they should be commended for their leadership,” Wanganeen said.
Haigh’s will also support the Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship program and will donate A$40,000 to the University of South Australia for two Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships.
The range is set to be released online on July 26 and at retail stores on July 30.