Workshop with local Aboriginal students for Tipping Point

Workshop with local Aboriginal students for Tipping Point

Workshop1In an earlier post we shared the newspaper article that we wrote about local Aboriginal Elder Cedric Briggs.  Cedric story was a unique perspective as he had grown up on Aboriginal Missions on both the Murray and the Murrumbidgee.

To help illustrate his story we conducted a day long workshop with four talented students from Narrandera  High.

Workshop 6Cedric Briggs came into the workshop for the first couple of hours and told his story to the students.  It was a great opportunity for Cedric to share his experiences and for these local Aboriginal students to sit and talk with Cedric about his life and about Aboriginal history and culture.

After Cedric left, we played the students the audio recordings of the interview we had previously recorded with Cedric.

Workshop 4The students then spent the rest of the day making illustrations that we will later animate and project onto the Brewery Ruins in Narrandera.

What a great opportunity for these students to spend time with an important local elder, to make illustrations to help share his story and to have these illustrations projected in such a unique way on a major local icon.  And then to potentially take these illustrations and animations to present in Canberra in August.

We told the kids about large scale video projections, animations and also about how we live as artists and the contemporary arts practice that we explore.

Since the workshop we have commented several times on how focused and talented the students were.  They were a pleasure to work with and we hope we get to return for workshop and projects in the future.

The people involved in the workshop were

Students Wade Williams, Denzel Mcduff, Genevieve Rahim, Ytalli McGrath

Teachers Jacqui Ryding, Joy O’hara and Stewart James

It was great to see the way Jacqui has transformed the classroom into an inventive and inspiring art space and how fabulous for the  students to have such a talented and caring artist teaching them. And also, the important cultural teachings that Joy and Stewart are able to pass onto the students.

in just under a month we will see these illustrations swimming around the surface of the brewery walls.

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