18 Feb 2015
In Assembly last week, two of our talented photographers were recognised for images that they submitted for the Ilford Schools’ Photographic Competition.
Julia R was awarded a certificate for her black and white print The Graveyard and Alexandria B was awarded a certificate for her coloured water drop print Bleve Agua. Both girls should be proud of their work and their efforts.
In Year 8 Art last Wednesday and Thursday, the girls were treated to a special presentation by Mr Ron Murray, an Indigenous Cultural Awareness Facilitator, Musician and Artist. This visit was to support the lino printing unit they are completing with the theme of place, identity and belonging.
Ron is a Wamba Wamba man (Swan Hill area) living at Yapeen, near Castlemaine, in central Victoria on Jaara country. He is a cultural educator, storyteller, musician, didgeridoo maker and wood sculptor. He has made beautiful art pieces for Muhammad Ali, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Sir Bob Geldof, American composer Philip Glass, Cathy Freeman and the Harlem Dance Company. Ron received his MA (Education) from RMIT University in 2009. His thesis looked at how Indigenous knowledge can combat racist attitudes in the wider community.
Ron spoke to the girls about myths and realities, Indigenous Australia past and present, and culture, values and attitudes. He also played the didgeridoo which was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us. It is hoped that the girls will be inspired to make connections with their own history and gain an understanding of the cultural heritage of which Ron spoke.
Ms Sara Valentino
Dean of Art
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