William Buck is proud to introduce its Artists in Residence program, a new initiative designed to support the artistic journey of Indigenous artists Leah Gerrard and Jayden Simms. This initiative aims to enhance Indigenous representation within the firm and provide Leah and Jayden with valuable commercial experience while nurturing their artistic passions.

Leah’s artwork is a captivating blend of traditional and contemporary styles, while Jayden’s pieces reflect a more classical portrayal of the land. The program allows the firm’s team to observe and engage with the art creation process, enriching their understanding of Aboriginal art and culture.

Artist: Leah Gerrard

“We envision this program bringing new perspectives and cultural enrichment to the firm. It’s an opportunity to delve into the profound history of Aboriginal culture and support Leah and Jayden’s artistic endeavours. The firm plans to amplify their voices and showcase their work through various initiatives, believing in the transformative power of art”

— Greg Travers, Managing Director, New South Wales

Artist: Jayden Simms

The residency involves significant time spent painting in the Sydney CBD office, complemented by formal training at TAFE and exposure to the business side of art. This holistic approach is designed to expand Leah and Jayden’s skill sets and knowledge, aligning with William Buck’s commitment to fostering opportunities for emerging talent.

As Leah and Jayden step into their roles, they embody a fusion of creativity and professional growth, contributing to the firm’s diverse talent pool. The firm eagerly anticipates the evolution of their work and the shared journey ahead. This program reflects a commitment to cultural learning, support for artistic expression and the belief in art’s ability to inspire and effect positive change.

William Buck acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.