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 both primary and high schools from NSW and the ACT have created beautiful and diverse works that capture young people’s appreciation and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ methods of caring for Country. The National Trust is proud to display these important traveling works at select properties throughout New South Wales, showcasing the artwork of school students as they interpret the spirit of Reconciliation.

In Australia, First Nations people have cared for Country for over 60,000 years, maintaining Country by using a wide range of strategies, knowledges and technologies to manage land, water and resources to ensure that Country is cared for now and for generations to come.

When we use the term ‘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 as a proper noun to acknowledge the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ relationships to Country and aspects of the way in which First Nations People think about, speak about and relate to Country.

“The land is the mother and we are of the land; we do not own the land rather the land owns us. The land is our food, our culture, our spirit our identity” Professor Dennis Foley, Gai-mariagal and Wiradjuri man.

 

Image: Ochre Eyes by Lili Baran, Winmalee High School

 

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.

 

How to book your tickets

Please check the specific property pages below for full details of facilities, ticket costs and opening days/times for each location. Next dates and locations:

 

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Reconciliation NSW. Learn more via: schoolsreconciliationchallenge.org.au

Dundullimal Homestead

Dundullimal Homestead

Address:

23L Obley Road
Dubbo 2830 NSW
1.5 KM past Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Open:

Monday, Friday, Saturday
11am - 3pm, last entry 2pm

Closed:

Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday

Email:
dundullimal@nationaltrust.com.au
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members – FREE
Adult - $10
* Concession - $8
Family - $25
Child (under 5 years) - free
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.)
Booking fees apply.

What we offer:
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Plan your Visit

Everglades House & Gardens

Address:

37 Everglades Avenue
Leura 2780 NSW

Open:

Wednesday to Monday
10am – 4pm. Last entry 3pm.

Closed:

7 March 2022

Phone:
(02) 4784 1938
Email:
everglades@nationaltrust.com.au
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members – FREE
Adult - $15
* Concession - $10
Family - $35
Child (under 5 years) - FREE
(* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.)
Booking fees apply.

What we offer:
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Brough House

Caring for Country Exhibition

Address:

73 Church Street
Maitland 2320 NSW

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