NSW Schools’ Reconcilliation Challenge – Armidale Art Exhibition

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 Saumarez Homestead in November and December 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.”

Exhibition Launch on November 4th 2016 from 12:00PM – 2:00PM at Saumarez Homestead 230 Saumarez Rd, Armidale NSW

Discover more at www.nationaltrust.org.au/event/nsw-schools-reconciliation-challenge-statewide-tour and www.facebook.com/hashtag/reconciliationchallenge


230 Saumarez Road
(Enter via Armidale Airport from the New England Highway)
Armidale 2350 NSW


Open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily, only for gardens, grounds and Farm Area, except for Christmas Day & Good Friday
Entry tickets available from Saumarez Homestead Office/Shop. Brochures and honesty box available when office unattended.
On weekends and public holidays Guided tours (10.30 AM, 2:00 PM & 3.30 PM) and the café open (10: 00 AM - 4:00 PM) on weekends and public holidays.
Entry to the house only available by guided tour on weekends and public holidays.
Organised tours for bus groups, car clubs, service clubs and other organisations or groups of 8 or more can be arranged in advance (14 days notice minimum) any day of the week from 9am to 4pm.


The Saumarez Café & guided house tours are not available in Winter from 15 June until 1 September (except for group bookings and functions).
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

(02) 6772 3616
Entry Fees:

House tour and grounds - Adult $15, Concession $10
Pre-booked tours & group house tours $10 per person
School groups $6 per student
Family house tours and grounds $35
Grounds only - Adults $8, Concession $6, Family $20
Family: 2 Adults and accompanied children (5-15 years)
Concessions: Seniors, Pensioners, Full Time Students and
Children 5-15 Years - Children Under 5 years free

National Trust members – free access to grounds.

What we offer: