Dubbo College South Campus receives Aboriginal artworks

Strong significance: Aboriginal artist Robert Mackay explains his painting “A Window of Opportunity” to Dubbo College art teacher Casey Shirm. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Strong significance: Aboriginal artist Robert Mackay explains his painting “A Window of Opportunity” to Dubbo College art teacher Casey Shirm. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo College South Campus is looking brighter after two Aboriginal artworks were donated to the school.

Bourke artist Robert MacKay only began painting in 2001 and in the past six years has developed his unique style using signwriting paint on canvas and board.

He said his colourful works told an important story about the school and its people.​

“The major work situated in the South Campus foyer is called ‘A Window of Opportunity’ and it tells the story of Dubbo College South Campus,” he said.

“The smaller circles on the left of the painting represent the public schools feeding into South Campus, while the circle at the centre of the painting is South Campus itself.

“The people within this circle are the principal and staff of the campus, with the four major coloured u-shapes representing Years 7, 8, 9 and 10.

“The painting also focuses on parent and community groups, as well as further educational opportunities at Senior Campus, university and TAFE.

“The orange leaves represent the growth of the students.”

South Campus art teacher Casey Shirm said the school was thrilled to have the works featuring permanently on the campus grounds.

“We really appreciate having these works as they make an impressive contribution to campus life,” she said.

“Our Aboriginal Education team is working hard to ensure the whole community is on board, and we are developing plans to extend our art work displays into our gardens with sculptures.

“The program, initiated by South Campus principal Ross Gorrie, includes community meetings, mentoring by Elders and increased opportunities for students.”

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