Our ArTSI group were inspired by the magnificent Sculptures in the Scrub at Dandry Gorge in the Pilliga Forest. This special location of the Aboriginal Gamilaroi People is home to beautiful artworks that all can visit.
One of the students in our ArTSI group has been there
and told us about the sculptures. Our teacher showed us pictures she took there and we researched to learn more. Each of the sculptures is the result of an artist collaborating with local Aboriginal Elders and young people on a piece that tells a story of local Aboriginal history
and culture. We particularly liked the organic forms of the Winangaya Gunidjarr artwork by Pamela Denise. This led to our freeform sculpture shapes. We worked together, collaborating and sharing our individual stories as we created our group artwork.
Reconciliation means… Coming together in our ArTSI group (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art group) at school. We discuss ideas, explore our culture and create artworks. We are able to share our thoughts and creations with others in the school, keeping our Indigenous culture alive.