Stu­dents cre­ate link to cul­ture

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

Indigenous stu­dents from North Al­bany Se­nior High School Clon­tarf Acad­emy for Boys have cre­ated a strik­ing and pow­er­ful public art ex­hi­bi­tion called Cul­ture.

The cre­ative part­ner­ship be­tween the school, South­ern Edge Arts and Great South­ern Em­ploy­ment De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee brings colour into the Al­bany CBD.

Art­work went up in the Town Square on Septem­ber 21 and con­tem­po­rary artist Ser­ena McLaugh­lan has been work­ing with the stu­dents dur­ing a six-week pro­gram. She said in­stalling the art­work in the public realm was the fi­nal stage.

“I think it is em­pow­er­ing to see the art­work made over a pe­riod of time and then put up in public is mo­ti­vat­ing,” she said.

“To have it where every­one can see it and they don’t have to go to a gallery or a school and in a space like this needs a bit of di­ver­sity and dif­fer­ent voices.”

The 15 stu­dents used hand-cut sten­cils to spray-paint their in­ter­pre­ta­tions of cul­ture, self-por­traits and idols onto pa­per.

“We called it Cul­ture be­cause a lot of the kids in Clon­tarf are away from their land and their birth­place,” McLaugh­lan said.

“It is just re­claim­ing iden­tity, ques­tion­ing what is cul­ture and bring­ing a bit of recog­ni­tion back to the public space.”

Each stu­dent ac­quired new skills, which McLaugh­lan said they should be proud of.

Cul­ture will re­main on dis­play in the Town Square un­til Oc­to­ber 10.

Pic­tures: Laurie Ben­son

Cul­ture is on dis­play in Town Square un­til Oc­to­ber 10.

Ge­or­gia Scott and Shay­dan Ri­ley.

The stu­dents used hand-cut sten­cils to spray-paint their in­ter­pre­ta­tions of cul­ture, self-por­traits and idols onto pa­per.

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