Community

Arts and culture a natural match

CROSS CULTURE: Luke Close and Penny Evans with Matilda Ryzak, Zawadi Brodie, Mirai Katagiri, Vinnie Morris, Aaron Spry and Tiggy Harling, in one of two gunyas built in the Bangalow school playground.
CROSS CULTURE: Luke Close and Penny Evans with Matilda Ryzak, Zawadi Brodie, Mirai Katagiri, Vinnie Morris, Aaron Spry and Tiggy Harling, in one of two gunyas built in the Bangalow school playground. Kate Oneill

STUDENTS at Bangalow Public School have gained a new insight into local Aboriginal culture thanks to artists Penny Evans and Luke Close.

The Lismore-based artists recently spent 20 weeks "in residence" at the school, thanks to an Artists in Schools grant.

They ran two 10-week workshops, firstly with kindergarten to Year 3 students in Term 2, then with students from Years 4-6 in Term 3.

Taking inspiration from Penny and Luke's work and traditional Aboriginal designs, the children created boomerangs, shields, bush toys, mullets and God's eyes or "mahmung geo", a weaving across sticks that is associated with Mexico but is also part of the Arakwal tradition.

The artworks were used to create an outdoor culture corridor at the school.

In addition, the children built two gunyas - traditional shelters made of bark and sticks - in their playground.

They worked outside for most of the classes and used found objects where possible.

"It was about resourcefulness and using what was in the environment," Penny said.

The school held a special ceremony last week to thank Penny and Luke, which included an Aboriginal flag raising, a smoking ceremony and storytelling with Burri Jerome.

Luke told the students at the ceremony that he had gained just as much from the experience as they had.

"It's been a breath of fresh air," he said.

Topics:  bangalow public school


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Star and News buried in Coorabell time capsule

Copies of the Northern Star and Byron Shire News were buried in Coorabell Primary's time capsule.

Coorabell primary celebrates 125th anniversary

OPINION: The price of good financial advice

Three per cent a year, or 2.2% after the adviser's fee, makes quite a difference. Over 20 years it means you would have 55% more than you would have otherwise.

Christoph looks at the difference it makes to have an adviser

Court blows away ridge-top wedding venue plans

court generic

The approval for a wedding venue at Talofa has been overturned.

Latest deals and offers

Falls Festival tickets go on sale today

GENERAL sales start at 9am, and we have all the details you need to make sure you don't miss out.

Star and News buried in Coorabell time capsule

Copies of the Northern Star and Byron Shire News were buried in Coorabell Primary's time capsule.

Coorabell primary celebrates 125th anniversary

OPINION: The price of good financial advice

Three per cent a year, or 2.2% after the adviser's fee, makes quite a difference. Over 20 years it means you would have 55% more than you would have otherwise.

Christoph looks at the difference it makes to have an adviser

Court blows away ridge-top wedding venue plans

court generic

The approval for a wedding venue at Talofa has been overturned.

Same-sex marriage vote 'pointless' says researcher

“They need to give MPs a conscience vote and just get it done.''

North Coast brand takes out Australian Business of the Year

Spell and the Gypsy Collective is the creation of sisters Elizabeth Abegg and Isabella Pennefather.

Byron Bay bohemian fashion and lifestyle brand recognised

Priscilla is coming to Brunswick Heads

Northern Rivers gender illusionist Maude Boate (Michael Gates) promoting the upcoming screenings of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Brunswick Picture House.

Maude Boate will host two special screenings

Falls Festival tickets go on sale today

Cold War Kids wow audiences at Falls Festival in Byron Bay despite the soaring tempratures and humidity. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

We've got all the details you need to make sure you don't miss out

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m