Mu­rals brighten school

Central and North Burnett Times - - EDUCATION -

IN­DIGE­NOUS artist Arthur Con­lon made a mem­o­rable im­pres­sion on Mun­dub­bera State P-10 school build­ings, as well as on stu­dents from Years 5 to 9.

Af­ter con­sult­ing with staff and stu­dents, Mr Con­lon drew the out­lines of mu­rals, which in­cor­po­rated not only Abo­rig­i­nal art but also Ton­gan ele­ments, and the foot­prints that sym­bol­ised Mun­dub­bera mov­ing for­ward.

Un­der his guid­ance, stu­dents added colour and watched their cre­ations add life and bright­ness to the man­ual arts build­ing.

Mr Con­lon is a 47-year-old artist from the Wakka Wakka/ Kullilla tribe, who was born in Cher­bourg and grew up in the South Bur­nett.

He is one of 14 chil­dren and a mem­ber of a much larger ex­tended fam­ily.

When he was nine, he be­gan to learn artis­tic skills from his un­cles.

Af­ter spend­ing some years at a teacher aide and later serv­ing in the army, Mr Con­lon es­tab­lished his own busi­ness as an Abo­rig­i­nal artist in 1990.

He sells his work to shops across the world but his main in­ter­est lies in teach­ing Abo­rig­i­nal art in schools.

“Stu­dents en­joyed this op­por­tu­nity to work as an artis­tic team with the won­der­ful re­sult be­ing a great re­minder of this creative ac­tiv­ity,” prin­ci­pal Peter Townsend said.

PHOTO: SUE HAR­RIS

HAPPY PLACE: Grace Townsend loves the mu­rals cre­ated by Arthur Con­lon and Mun­dub­bera State School stu­dents.

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