The GIANTS are proud to launch their 2022 AFL Indigenous jumper, designed by NSW artist Peter Whitton.
Whitton is a proud Wiradjuri man who lives in Western Sydney.
As well as being an Indigenous artist, he also runs cultural workshops in schools and was previously an Aboriginal liaison officer for a local primary school in Sydney’s west.
Passionate about his culture, Whitton believes in the importance of storytelling and sharing this knowledge with his children so they can be proud of their Indigenous heritage.
The GIANTS 2022 AFL Indigenous jumper design is called ‘Together We Stand’ and represents all those within the GIANTS family - the club, players, staff, members, fans and Indigenous culture - coming together to stand tall.
“Together We Stand signifies all cultures together,” Whitten said.
“It represents that we are all equal, and we are all one.
“From the water boy, to the coaches and the CEO, it’s all a team effort – from the ACT and Canberra, to the far reaches of Greater Western Sydney - you are all one team.
“This artwork brings all of those different backgrounds, nationalities and people together.
“To see the GIANTS, who have been in the competition for more than 10 years now, to build and connect across such a big community – from Aboriginal people to Lebanese and Chinese and beyond – the club represents so many different cultures who now feel a part of something and I think that’s so special,” he added.
The design is based off an original artwork, with Whitton involved in the club’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round celebrations at the club last year before being invited to design this year’s jumper.
Whitton is traditional in his approach to creating his art. He uses thick paints and sticks, which he shapes himself to perfect the round dots and intricate design elements.
Within the ‘G’ in the centre of the design are two meeting places, apart but connected, representing GIANTS Stadium and Manuka Oval. The meeting places represent Western Sydney and the ACT, separated by kilometres but equally homes for the club, representing the connection of the GIANTS’ communities.
The U-shapes represent the GIANTS family, including all past and current players, staff members and fans who have built the club to where it is today. These are placed in the centre of the jumper and circle the GIANTS ‘G’, showing the connection between the GIANTS family and our communities.
The boomerangs on the front and back of the jumper represent the resilience of the club and its people - players, staff and members.
The GIANTS will wear the 2022 AFL Indigenous jumper across Sir Doug Nicholls Round in rounds 10 and 11. In round 10 the GIANTS recognise and celebrate Indigenous culture at GIANTS Stadium against the West Coast Eagles before taking on the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba in round 11.
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