The National Trust (NSW) and the Reconciliation Council (NSWRC) will again join forces to present a state-wide tour of award-winning artworks from this year’s Schools Reconciliation Challenge. Sixteen artworks, selected as the best of more than 700 entries to NSWRC’s annual art competition, will be displayed at a series of National Trust venues around NSW. All 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.
The artworks will be shown at the National Trust Centre in Sydney from 1 -22 December. After that, they will spend 10 months travelling around the state, from Saumarez Homestead in Armidale, to Tomago House, then on to Dundullimal Homestead in Dubbo, and Everglades House and Gardens in the Blue Mountains,
The exhibition will finish at Cooma Cottage in Yass and be on display from 7 September to 7 October 2018.
NSW Reconciliation is delighted that the artworks could be made accessible to residents of regional New South Wales. Every year they receive hundreds of entries to the Schools Reconciliation Challenge from students living and going to school in regional New South Wales.
“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.”