Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - CONSTABLE CARE SAFETY SCHOOL - d471204

WITH paint at the ready and ea­ger helpers at her side, artist Jade Dol­man’s in­ter­ac­tive mu­ral in Bel­mont got kids and par­ents hands-on with Abo­rig­i­nal art.

The work­shop at Ruth Faulkner Pub­lic Li­brary was part of the City’s Naidoc Week cel­e­bra­tions, with all wel­come to take a seat and grab a brush.

The 22-year-old said it was fan­tas­tic to be able to teach Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture in an in­ter­ac­tive and fun way.

“It does mean a lot to me, per­son­ally and to my fam­ily; any­thing to do with clos­ing the gap be­tween Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, I’m al­ways 100 per cent keen for,” Dol­man said.

“This is just a re­ally good way to ed­u­cate non-Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple about Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and some is­sues that Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple deal with.

“For Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, it gives us more pride in our cul­ture, es­pe­cially when I do projects with Abo­rig­i­nal youth.

“It makes them own their own cul­ture, rather than be­ing ashamed of it; that’s a re­ally big step.”

Dol­man is a Whad­juk/Bal­ladong Ny­oon­gar and Eastern Ar­rernte woman and said her tran­si­tion to art was ini­tially a sur­prise.

“I first started paint­ing af­ter I fin­ished high school and it was a way for me to con­nect with my Abo­rig­i­nal iden­tity,” Dol­man said. “Just from that, I started sell­ing paint­ings and then started teach­ing Abo­rig­i­nal art and run­ning workshops.

“The thing that drives me is I’m just pas­sion­ate about shar­ing my cul­ture any way that I can do that.”

City of Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said ac­tiv­i­ties like Dol­man’s mu­ral paint­ing were an op­por­tu­nity to bring com­mu­nity mem­bers to­gether in cel­e­brat­ing Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture, her­itage and tra­di­tions.

Picture: Jon Hew­son

Bella Led­ing­ton (left), artist Jade Dol­man and Shar­lene Led­ing­ton (right) with other young artists.

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