Caring for Country Exhibition
The Schools Reconciliation Challenge exhibition 'Caring for Country' is a selection of artworks and writing by school students inspired by First Nations peoples’ understanding of Country.
157 students from schools in NSW and the ACT have created these beautiful and diverse works that capture young people’s appreciation and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ methods of caring for Country.
In Australia, First Nations people have cared for Country for over 60,000 years, maintaining Country, by using a wide range of strategies, knowledge and technologies to manage land, water and resources to ensure that Country is cared for now and for generations to come.
When we use ‘Country’ we are referring to the specific areas of land, sea and sky with which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities have a custodial, cultural and spiritual relationship. ‘Country’ is capitalised to recognise the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ relationships to Country.
The Shed Café will be open onsite for lunches, morning & afternoon tea.
Image: River to Mildura by Dameke Harris, Kade Harris-Wilson, Neil Johnson, Robert Kerwin, Nicholas King, Year 7, Wilcannia Central School
Artists Statement: Students of Wilcannia Central School worked collaboratively to represent the colours of the land of Mildura. The Baaka (Darling River) connects Wilcannia to the Murray River and to Mildura. We are Paakantji (river people) and the Baaka (river) is our lifeblood. The River gives life to all the people and land in Mildura and along the Murray and Darling Rivers; We need to save the Baaka.
Offered to the public as part of wider exhibition dates, 1 April – 13 June 2022.