Our artwork is about the culture, language, and spirit of our Gamilaroi land. In our artwork the streets of Walhallow, our village, are represented in language that reflects our experiences on Country. The homes are printed from foam relief prints inspired by our own homes in the village. The background is composed of frottage (taking a rubbing) developed using colours that reflect our landscape and local flora. Our artwork reflects reconciliation by compiling Gamilaraay language with maps demonstrating the connection between our culture and our home. We Care for this Country we live on, and in this artwork we use words in Gamliaraay language to reflect our connection to our land.
Reconciliation means …showing respect to our people and our culture. At school we sing in language to build awareness and understanding of our history. We embrace contemporary Aboriginal dance to express our own unique physical interpretations of our culture. We explore Indigenous art forms to learn about our customs and ways to share stories.
Artists: Charlotte Steibert, Curtis Nean, Briseis Nean, Jalii Slater, Steven Coffey-Beale, Amarni Nean, Callum Steibert, Emily Colgan, Theo Coffey-Beale, Jannali Robinson-Reid, Eileena Slater, Miresha Wood, Klallin Knox, Jalira Hunt, Nerida Reid-Newton – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6