A ride of Aboriginal art for NAIDOC week hear


NAIDOC SESSION: Aliya Blay, 9, paints white and pink dots on her Aboriginal artwork as part of the school holiday program hosted by the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. Photo: Mariam Koslay.

Eighteen white dots on a stone.

About journey
Journey may refer to:
Road trip
Day’s journey
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About Aboriginal
Aborigine or aboriginal may refer to:
Aborigines (mythology), in Roman mythology the original inhabitants of central Italy

This is what Alfie Walker held up to participants of the school holiday art workshop run at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery on Monday.

“We started a journey together – creating art,” the artist said to the silent room of watchful children.

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Kicking off National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week, the morning session explored how experiences, ties to the land and family is an ancient instrument for artistic expression. 

“Goulburn is my home, Goulburn is a place I feel connected to,” he said. “How would you like to represent the journey?” 

Divided into two parts, participants were encouraged to paint or draw their interpretation of the history and viewpoints Mr Walker shared.

Australia has a rich Aboriginal history that needs to be shared, not only with our adult generation but with our younger generation,” he said. 

“One of the things I love doing is a new type of contemporary traditional modern mixture in my art. It is about inspiring those stories that I learnt as a kid for everyone else to pick up.”

Children used tools such as skewers, multi-coloured paint, stone and papers. 

Hosting numerous cultural awareness programs, he admitted there were some adults shocked at the bloody parts of the Indigenous Aboriginal tale.

He said educational systems needed to actively identify ways to promote the cultural identity for Australians today.

“Artwork inspires a dialogue,” he said. “It is important, the connection between the artwork and the culture.” 

Goulburn Mulwaree Council in partnership with the gallery and the library have hosted Reconciliation Day, Sorry Day and NAIDOC Week events in the past.