The National Trust (NSW) and the NSW Reconciliation Council (NSWRC) have joined forces to present a state-wide tour of award-winning artworks from this year’s NSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge.
All artworks were created by New South Wales school students in years 5-9 and were inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, cultures and stories. Sixteen artworks, selected as the best of more than 700 entries to NSWRC annual art competition, will be displayed at Cooma Cottage in September and October 2016.
NSW Reconciliation Council Director Gilly Dempsey said she was delighted that the artworks could be made accessible to residents of regional New South Wales. “Every year, we receive hundreds of entries to the Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge from students living and going to school in regional New South Wales,” she said. “We know that people in these areas are often extremely interested in and passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, cultures and issues, so we’re delighted that our partnership with the National Trust will enable us to bring these artworks closer to home for them. We hope that they’ll provoke some interesting and important discussions about the ongoing importance of reconciliation, on both a local and national level.”
CEO of the National Trust, Brian Scarsbrick, understands and appreciates the value of engaging regional communities in reconciliation and acknowledging our nation’s shared history.
“The National Trust supports the fostering of positive and strong relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across NSW. Winning artworks from the Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge not only portray Australia’s history, but importantly they capture the hope for a better, more equal future for all Australians. By bringing these artworks to regional communities and to the Aboriginal land on which our properties stand, it is our hope that the National Trust can play a role in facilitating much needed conversations about our shared history and futures.”