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School art, language and culture workshops, Home Program 2022

Around 160 public school students from the Central West will visit Bathurst Regional Art Gallery between 13 and 16 September to participate in workshops to learn about Wiradjuri art and culture.

Their works will create a large collaborative artwork to feature in the exhibition Gunhigal Nguambang Wiradyuri Mayiny in November.

During the workshops Wiradjuri artist Ronda Sharpe will guide students in creating coolamons out of clay and local elder Aunty Gloria Dindima Rogers will discuss Wiradjuri culture and language to the students.

The Home Program is a series of workshops, virtual excursions and embedded framework in schools looking at contemporary Aboriginal art, language, and culture. Across three terms, students studied and created artworks inspired by three contemporary Aboriginal artists: Andy Snelgar, Karla Dickens, and Daniel Boyd.

Student artmaking culminates in an end of year exhibition at Bathurst regional Art Gallery. 2022 is the fourth year the Home Program has run at BRAG Participating schools for Bathurst are Meadow Flat, Spring Hill, Clergate, Sofala, Hampton, Carcoar, Wattle Flat, Bathurst South, and Carenne.

Sarah Gurich, BRAG director, is available to interview.

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