Nintendo Helps Commission Indigenous Nintendo Wii Art For Charity

Nintendo Helps Commission Indigenous Nintendo Wii Art For Charity
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You can buy a red Wii, a black Wii or you can even pick up a regular old white Wii if you want – but Nintendo has teamed up with charity Shalom Gamarada, commissioning four indigenous Australian artists to create eight unique artworks on Nintendo Wii consoles. They are currently up for auction on eBay, with all the proceeds going to the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Programme.

“Having these important artists create these pieces for Wii will not only raise much needed funds for indigenous education, it will also open new doors by raising awareness to people who would not normally be familiar with the work we do at Shalom Gamarada,” said Jenny Hillman, Curator of Shalom Gamarada Ngiyana Yana.

The money raised in the auction will all donated to the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Programme, which encourages indigenous students to complete the university courses by providing financial support.

You can bid on these unique Nintendo Wiis here.


  • They’re real pretty.
    Really like My Mother’s Country.

    I don’t particularly need a Wii, but it would be nice to have the extra console. Alternatively, I’ll just find a friend’s upcoming birthday to get my friends help me buy one for them.

    I’m guessing the other side is also painted.

  • …they’ve just smeared paint over them.. or dotted it on, rather…

    I could do that at home…

    That being said, i may be a little biast, as i have never liked aboriginal art – it usually just looks ugly and messy to me..

    No i’m not being racist, i just don’t like the art, before anyone starts having a hissy fit…

    • i think the fact that you have felt the need to tell everyone that you don’t like Aboriginal art does indicate some sort of prejudice.

      that being said, i am a little biased against people who spell biased, biast 🙂

      • So having an opinion makes me prejudiced?

        So by your reasoning i’m not allowed to express my opinions and reasoning for such?

        • Well, your opinion seems kind of pointless as it’s neither constructive or critical. You don’t like indigenous art and yet you felt the need to state that once more.

          That’s not an expression of voice as much as it is a demand for attention.

        • HMM your opinion is one thing; your expession of it does paint another image.
          Sure you could probably do this at home, but it wouldn’t tell the story that generations of your family before you have told through painting (or other mediums).

          Works by these artists are fairly highly sought after. EG a 60×60 Weir can go for up to $4,000. And works by Emily Pwerle have set records in acution houses.

          Great idea I say!

        • i think the opinion you have expressed does indicate (note indicate, i don’t know you so i cannot say emphaticaly) prejudice.

          the fact that you felt the need to “i’m not being racist” is a pretty big red flag. people who feel the need to say “i’m not racist” almost always have, or are about to say something prejudiced.

          also, i never said you have no right to express your opinion, i was simply making an observation about said opinion. by the same token, are you saying i’m not allowed to express my opinion of your opinion?

          • Reading through it all, i can see how it does come across that way… so yeah – i can’t say i blame you all.

            It was a stupid comment to make, i guess. it was more boredom with a long work week and it was the first thread i saw, so i posted… Not smart hey?

            And no, i mam not saying you should keep your opinion to yourself either..

            Either way i don’t like making trouble, especially here on Kotaku. We have a great community and no one should feel excluded in any way shape or form.

            So yeah, basically all i am saying is you guys were right in saying it was a stupid comment to make, but i am not that sort of person and i’m sorry for coming across that way.

        • no, having an opinion doesn’t make you prejudiced… but the way in which you express that opinion can certainly make you appear to be.

          • Don’t back-pedal. This “art” is rubbish. I’d be appalled if this was the culmination of the experiences and culture of thousands of generations of my ancestors. This is the work of about 4 years’ worth of european kindergarten. Anyone admiring pre-european australian paintings citing this understanding of the story told through their dots is mis-guided in their discrimination that places this under the moniker of “art”. Before everyone jumps on the anti-euro. band-wagon, this is not racism, sorry! Seeing a lack of skill isn’t prejudicial, it’s objective. Hating a Woody Allen film does not make me anti-semitic nor does disliking McDonald’s make me anti-american. This is a hilarious scam but the sad part is that this “Shalom (???) Gamarada” is public-funded so we’re paying for these lost souls playing catch up while they do finger-painting at a UNSW-affiliated day care centre for delinquents.

  • This article is about some custom painted Wiis being sold on eBay for a good cause.

    NOT about the persistently existent connotations of a racist attitude towards Australia’s indigenous society. Chuloopa’s description wasn’t particularly apt but it wasn’t outright malevolent either so just move on.

    In saying so, I really do hope these things manage to attract some serious attention and also some even more serious bidding. Because in all my 4 years of university, indigenous students have been severely underrepresented. I emphasise to some extent too (I’m of Pacific Islander descent) as I’ve never met any other Fijians at my university.

  • So they painted this on the actual console? I don’t really like the idea of my console being painted on though, no matter how cool they will look. I mean, wouldn’t the glossy surface make the paint chip off pretty easily?

  • I’ve always found this sort of art rather disingenuous. I’ve had a friend whose family is in the souvenirs industry and when it comes to the ‘traditionally painted’ stuff like didgeridoos, boomberangs etc, much of the work is done in sweatshops and the like, with the ‘artist’ making a final stroke to give it his seal of approval. These are then placed in souvenir stores and sold at a huge premium.

    The fact that many of these people do things like this on the side, and sell overpriced pieces to museums and campuses with no artistic merit, but rather producing the extremely similar pieces in bulk.

    People are too polite and politically correct to say it, but much of this work can be done by anyone. An indigenous Australian however has the benefit of using their ancestry to justify its authenticity, when in fact many of them are no more aboriginal than we are. The primary motivator for the continuing purchase of this type of art is white guilt.

    Disclaimer: I’m by no means vilifying indigenous Australians and/or artists, but rather the people with little artistic merit who parlay their ancestry into selling overpriced, creatively questionable work. This is something you’ll see wherever you travel and is by no means exclusive to aboriginals.

  • Not making a comment about indigenous art in general, but doesn’t this just seem to be of a … lower quality? I know a Wii isn’t the best canvas but it looks kinda basic – I’ve seen much more interesting Aboriginal art.

    Though checking the link now, the others are pretty cool. The one in the picture leaves a lot to be desired though.

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