Reconciliation with art

Lalena Graham
Project Manager, NSW Reconciliation Council

A "Homegrown Heroes" artwork exhibited at Kempsey

The Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge, an annual statewide art and writing competition for years 5-9 students, is now open for entries, with the NSW Reconciliation Council offering an accompanying syllabus-linked teaching kit.

This year’s theme, “Always Was, Always Will be”, explores different moments across Australia’s shared history and encourages students to consider history and to celebrate the resilience and continuity of Aboriginal cultures across NSW.

To register your school for this year’s challenge, request a hard copy of the kit and learn about writing workshop opportunities by email. Entries close on Friday, June 10.

To download a copy of the kit teaching resource kit, which aligns with the current school syllabuses for Stages 3 and 4, go to the challenge site.

The challenge, now in its seventh year, provides a framework that offers students different perspectives on reconciliation.

For the 2015 challenge, titled “Homegrown Heroes”, students were invited to consider what constitutes a hero and to learn about some of the heroes of the reconciliation movement.

There was a great turnout in Kempsey over the past two months to view 18 winning Homegrown Heroes artworks, displayed at the Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery on the last leg of the regional tour.