Students create link to culture
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.
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.