A highly imaginative and thoughtful selection of visual arts works created by Sydney school students from Kindergarten to Year 12 is now showing in Koori Art Expressions 2012.
Over 70 works inspired by this year’s theme for NAIDOC Week and the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, showcase individual, class and whole school projects from 26 Sydney schools.
Paintings, photography, textiles, sculptures and ceramics are among the diverse works. One of the many highlights is ‘Forty celebration disks so far’ by Botany Public School (Kindergarten-Year 2). Forty clay disks feature Aboriginal symbols of fire, resting camps, men and women, strung together to mark the anniversary, but allows for more disks to be added for every new year celebrated.
‘The wheel of equality’ by Banksmeadow Public School (Years 3-6), is a colourful, woven work inspired by Aboriginal basket weaving. Made using old t-shirts, it features the colours of the Australian and Aboriginal flags, creatively bound together to represent the many links that join both cultures and makes them equal in today’s society.
‘Under the beach umbrella’ by Sydney Secondary College, Balmain Campus, (students with disabilities in Years 7-10) celebrates the blue umbrella beginnings of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Beneath two umbrellas, ten small figurines form a circle in a dance to represent continuous unity and unfailing spirit.
‘Lost connection’ by Year 12 Aboriginal student, Jordan Ardler, from Matraville Sports High School, is five art works that combine photography and dot painting in a captivating collage that portrays the loss of connection to land, identity and culture experienced by the Aboriginal people.
The students created the art works upon reflection of the statement ‘to move forward, we must acknowledge our forbearers, learn from their experiences and ask ourselves what their sacrifices have meant for me and my family today?’