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National Reconciliation Week in the City of Wanneroo

Published Friday, 27th May 2016

To celebrate Reconciliation and National Reconciliation Week the City of Wanneroo has been holding art workshops at local schools throughout the City.

Aboriginal art workshop for kids
The art workshops have been delivered by Noongar artist Troy Bennell, who has visited six schools from our northern suburbs in Yanchep and Two Rocks to our southern suburbs in Girrawheen and Hocking. Troy has been entertaining the kids with a collection of stories ranging from the dreamtime to his work with the West Coast Eagles. 

This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme is ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’. The art works that the school are developing are all linked together to form a map of the City of Wanneroo with the colour themes being based on the six Noongar seasons. Our History - is reflected through the stories behind the six seasons and the ancient Noongar walking tracks that the new roads that are part of the art work were based on, Our Story is reflected by the students working with Troy and hearing his stories to develop the art work, and Our Future is reflected in the fact that these pieces of art will be held for years, to be displayed for  future students and community, and the knowledge that these students have acquired from Troy that can be passed on.

The art will become part of a larger exhibition that the City will be hosting in July entitled ‘Collecting Stories and Telling Tales’. 

For more information on National Reconciliation Week and Reconciliation in Australia please visit the Reconciliation Australia website.

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