The co-educational secular school in Ultimo (Sydney), International Grammar School (IGS), is hosting an Indigenous art exhibition to benefit Sydney’s Indigenous community through the school’s Indigenous Scholarship Program.
The event, being organised in partnership with Sydney’s Tali Gallery, will also help the remote art communities of Central Australia, the Kimberley, Arnhem Land, Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands. Sales of these artworks have a ripple effect “ they help to provide many other benefits to the communities and are certainly important for well-being and the passing on of culture,” said Di Stevens, owner of Tali Gallery.
Indigenous Art at the IGS coincides with National Reconciliation Week on 30 and 31 May and will feature over 150 ethically-sourced artworks on exhibition and for sale, from major paintings to smaller crafts and artefacts. There will also be two workshops run by regional artist Anthony Walker on the Saturday morning, which will be open to the public.
IGS Principal, Michael Maniska, echoed the communal benefits of the event “ and the Scholarship program itself. The sharing of cultures has always been a strong focus of IGS. People often think, erroneously, that the benefits of scholarships are one-way, flowing only in the direction of the participants. The truth is that the whole community is enriched by the presence of our Indigenous Scholarship students,” he said.
The event, to be opened by Her Excellency the Honourable Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW, on 29th May, will run through to the 31st May and include over 150 artworks from remote Art Communities, including textiles, jewellery, baskets and other artefacts for sale.
As a further expression of IGS’s commitment to Indigenous perspectives, the school will also be embarking on their first Red Earth Expedition with 23 students set to go to the APY Lands in the Northern Territory later this year.
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