Shepparton News

Taking a united stand

STUDENTS’ MURAL SHOWCASES CULTURAL UNITY DESPITE DIVERSE BACKGROUND

- By Darren Linton

A powerful picture of cultural unity has taken pride of place outside the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College.

The mural was produced by six students as part of their Victorian Certificat­e of Applied Learning studies and a collaborat­ion with Shepparton Festival.

‘‘Over its 25 years, the festival has worked with local high schools to encourage senior students to produce art for public display,’’ Shepparton Festival general manager Louise Tremper said.

‘‘This year, GSSC students worked with artist and education support teacher Barbara Rigano to produce an image of imaginatio­n and skill that celebrates our festival theme of ‘Unify’.’’

The mural cleverly illustrate­s Greater Shepparton’s four secondary schools and their students coming together as one, with images depicting the diverse background­s of the artists — including a Himalayan tree, a Samoan flower, a Ugandan bird and an Australian football oval.

‘‘The students all have completely different background­s and worked together to show GSSC and its many cultures as unified,’’ Ms Rigano said.

The influence behind the cultural images is explained and signed by each artist involved — Aysuh, Shukrullah, Sophie-Lee, Shaddia, Hayden and Neema.

The mural has been reproduced in three large canvases which now adorn the security fencing around the new GSSC campus on Hawdon St.

 ??  ?? Merger of creative talent: The mural by students is on display at the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College in Hawdon St. The images in the mural depict the diverse background­s of the artists.
Merger of creative talent: The mural by students is on display at the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College in Hawdon St. The images in the mural depict the diverse background­s of the artists.

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