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Wilcannia art honour

Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020

Dameke Harris, Kade Harris-Wilson, Neil Johnson, Robert Kerwin and Nicholas King working together on the painting. PICTURE: Lily Serres Dameke Harris, Kade Harris-Wilson, Neil Johnson, Robert Kerwin and Nicholas King working together on the painting. PICTURE: Lily Serres

By Myles Burt

Five students from Wilcannia Central School have had their artwork selected from among hundreds of entries for the NSW Schools Reconciliation Challenge. 

Under the theme ‘Caring for Country’ it invited students to reflect on reconciliation. More than 600 students participated. 

Wilcannia Central School Visual Arts teacher, Lily Serres, said having her students’ work chosen was very exciting.

“They take a lot of pride in their artmaking and they’re clearly quite wonderful artists, so this is quite exciting for them,” Ms Serres said.

Dameke Harris, Kade Harris-Wilson, Neil Johnson, Robert Kerwin and Nicholas King worked together over four lessons to paint a picture of an aerial view of the river. 

Ms Serres said the students in Wilcannia were always eager to work together on art projects.

“It was wonderful to see the kids barely communicating verbally, just responding to each other’s brush strokes,” she said.

The work was digitally displayed with those of the other finalists at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney during NAIDOC Week last week.

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