The students created artworks in line with their studies of cultural symbols throughout the school term, prior to their school NAIDOC celebrations and their own NAIDOC art display.
Grand Central and the Artists in Residence sincerely thank Rockville State School for coming onboard with this project.
Dingo and Kangaroo symbols were used from Jayarla’s artwork.
“Kangaroos live in the bush. Dingoes are hunters. They are Aboriginal animals.”
Tamahlii created the big turtle and the water spirals as her symbols.
The border design was used from Mia’s artwork.
“They represent the first nations people, the first people on earth. The yellow represents the sun, the yarning circle is where they meet.”
The boat with the people fishing was Thearna’s design.
“The parents go out on the boat and go fishing. They cook the food on the campfire and eat it together.”
Akaisha’s vibrant artwork was chosen for her representation of connecting water through waterholes and her water spinning swirls.
The Sun and baby Emu were used from Georgi’s design.
“Emu is my totem. The emu is looking for water. The sun warms everyone.”
Aboriginal Hunting Man was designed by Penelope.
“The man is going hunting at night. The campfire is on. He only kills and takes what he needs.”
Payton’s design featured a Little Turtle which was added to the mural.
“The turtle is my favourite animal. They have a hard shell and can hide in it.”
Leroy’s design included fire and a meeting place.
Kevina’s design work was used to combine the elements together with the centre symbol.
“This is a meeting area where people go to gather. They talk about hunting. They cook the meat on the fire.”
Our Rockville State School student artists officially opened the mural on Wednesday 14 September 2022, when they cut the official opening ribbon with Grand Central’s Artists in Residence.
The students were presented with their Certificates of Achievement and #ALittleThanks giftbags after their names and original designs were unveiled on the pillar within the space.