Inverell’s youngest creatives celebrated Indigenous culture with vivid paintings, drawings and collages this month.
The second year of the primary school NAIDOC art competition attracted a broad range of pieces from detailed dot paintings to unique origami pieces. One class embraced the ‘Because of her, we can’ theme with paper weaving set behind pictures of local Aboriginal women they felt inspired by.
“It never ceases to amaze me how creative kids can be when they’re given the opportunity to express themselves,” organiser and Ross Hill art teacher Louise Walburn said. She was impressed by the diverse ways children approached the theme, and their “cleverness and creativity”.
“Not just from older kids, who you’d think would have that emotional relationship with the topic,” she said. Sponsored by Armajun Aboriginal Health Service and judged by local artists Elenore Binge, Nadia Kliendanze and Andrea Faeirs, the winners of each stage received art supplies for their efforts.
The artworks are on display at the Inverell Library.