GOTAFE Cultural Arts students will display their works during an exhibition and ceremony entitled ‘Deadli Nu Arteffects’ on Wednesday 18 November 2015.
20 Indigenous students from the GOTAFE Shepparton Campus have been involved in a number of programs throughout the year, many of which are a contemporary twist on the traditional, explained GOTAFE Koorie Arts Coordinator, Robyn Thompson.
“Indigenous art is evolving and this year’s cultural arts group wanted to reflect that in their pieces. Whilst they displayed a deep respect for traditional forms of indigenous art, they were happy to explore new ways in which to express their cultural heritage and used items such as skateboards and mannequins to create works of art,” said Ms Thompson.
A number of students participated in the Kooriez in da Hood program where they researched their cultural heritage and translated what they learnt into wearable art in the form of hooded jumpers or ‘Hoodies’. These students recently celebrated their achievements with a runway show and ceremony in September.
Ms Thompson explained that throughout the year, students have the opportunity participate in workshops with contemporary artists and Indigenous Elders across Victoria to learn artistic techniques.
“This year students had the opportunity to visit the new Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square and join a guided tour along the Yarra River exploring urban Koorie heritage. They participated in screen printing workshops at Spacecraft Studio, as well as model their Hoodies during a professional photo shoot.”
Most recently, students engaged with local indigenous artist Troy Firebrace in a painting workshop. Troy is a young Shepparton born Yorta Yorta man, whose career is on the rise after his painting recently won a prestigious Victorian art award: Federation University Acquisitive Award for Work by a Victorian Regional Artist at the 10th Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. At 22 years of age, Troy has been studying Creative Arts at La Trobe University, Bendigo where he has pursued his interest in his Aboriginal identity and art. GOTAFE students were inspired by an idea of Troy’s use of skateboards as canvases for their work. Troy will also host the Deadly Nu Arteffect Ceremony along with GOTAFE CEO Paul Culpan.
The public exhibition will run from 18 November to 25 November at GOTAFE Shepparton Campus, Fryers Street, with a range of student work available for sale. Gallery Kaiela will then play host to a selection of students artwork during the exhibition ‘Connect to Country for Christmas’ 3 December until 21 January 2016.
For further information on the Cultural Arts program please contact Robyn Thompson via the Koorie Education Unit on 1300 GOTAFE.