Mural Outreach Program Archive

The Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Mural Outreach Program was a community resource encouraging access to artists and art education by bringing the experience to communities, organisations or classrooms. For 15 years, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery coordinated outreach mural projects that involved primary and secondary school students working at their school with an artist-in-residence. The mural project was designed to provide linkages between the practising artists, local schools and the regional art gallery.

Tolland Public School

 Tolland Public 2010

  • Image: Tolland Public School mural with artist Patrice Kennedy, 2010

At Tolland Public School, the students have been focusing on making their school more attractive by creating beautiful gardens around their school buildings.  Not only for it to look great for the school community but also to encourage the wildlife to come and visit.

Outside facing south one class has created a garden using a selection of colourful bulbs which flower at different times of the year. Shrubs have been planted to encourage birdlife, as well as plants Aboriginal people use for medicinal and non-medicinal reasons.  There is even a bird feeder as well. Facing north there is a vegetable garden where some of the vegetable seedlings have been sown from seed by students and then replanted into the larger garden bed.  When the fresh produce is ready to be picked the students will learn how to cook the spoils of their labour.  The best part of the cooking lessons will be eating the recipes that they have prepared.

 

The mural will be on display at the Civic Centre until April 2011. After this time the mural will then be relocated for permanent display at Tolland Public school. This mural is part of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Mural Outreach Program and was produced in partnership with Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Tolland Public School. The program facilitates school students and community groups in providing linkages between practicing artists, local schools and the regional gallery. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Wagga Wagga City Council.

 

We Are Who We Are

 We are who we are mural

  • Image: Sunflower House with artist Patrice Kennedy We Are Who We Are, 2009 

The focus of the mural 'We are who we are' was to engage the members of Sunflower House in self expression and discovery through creativity.

 

The members of Sunflower House were asked to think about what makes them 'who they are' by considering, for example, what their interests are.  Most importantly however, the members were asked to disregard their perceptions of what others might think of their artistic ability, and to simply focus on their individual creative abilities to express themselves.

 

By following this process they were allowing themselves the freedom to draw and paint and be creative as they once did as children, when they were not judgemental of their abilities.  It needs to be acknowledged that the creativity we have as children doesn't disappear; it still exists in us waiting to be discovered.  The following are a few comments of their experience:

 

"I was so determined that I could not draw, let alone paint a mural, that when I finally let myself draw I forgot about what people might think and was completely amazed at what I could actually do."

 

"Letting myself be creative helped me to discover some important things about myself and I really enjoyed the process."

 

"Discovering that I can be creative was wonderful and has become one more step along the road to recovery."

 

The mural will be on display at the Civic Centre until April 2010 as part of the celebration of International Day of Ability (3rd of December 2009).  After this time the mural will then be relocated for permanent display at Sunflower House. 

 

The Country Arts Support Program is funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and jointly delivered by Regional Arts NSW and Regional Arts Boards throughout NSW.

 

Regional Arts NSW 

 

Marwang

Mawang Mural

  • Image: Tolland Neighbourhood Centre with artist Clarice Ingram Unity, 2009

Unveiled at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on June 5 2009, the official Mawang Mural, entitled Unity, provided a backdrop to events at the opening of Mawang (Altogether) - Celebrating Indigenous Culture, Wagga Wagga City Council's winter festival of events. Unity, a mural outreach program of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, brought together the surrounding community of the Tolland Neighbourhood Centre with artist Clarice Ingram to create a celebration of Indigenous culture and inclusiveness.

 

Motifs within the mural are embedded with meaning. Clarice Ingram explains the circle and semi-circle motifs on the fourth and fifth panel as representing "unity with the centre and gathering together".

 

Individual budding artists, the children who participated in producing the mural, are represented in the marks left by the hands and feet, which also stand for the whole community of Tolland. The symbol at the top left corner is the Emu dreaming, one of the most important cultural elements for the Wiradjuri community.

 

The mural will be on display at the Civic Centre as a backdrop to the Mawang Festivities until November 2009, when it will move to permanent display at the Tolland Neighbourhood Centre.

 

Unity is part of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Mural Outreach Program and was produced in partnership with Wagga Wagga City Council's Cultural Officer and Indigenous Development Officer. The program facilitates school students and community groups in providing linkages between practicing artists, local schools and the regional gallery. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Wagga Wagga City Council.

 

Meaningof Joy

Meaning of Joy

  • Image:Meaning of Joy, 2008

Students from Willans Hill Public School and service users from Skills Options Day Service at Kurrajong Waratah have worked collaboratively to produce the mural entitled The Meaning of Joy.  Fernando Whitaker-Roa and Debra Howard, worked with the budding artists to workshop ideas on what Willans Hill School has meant to them.  What has resulted is a striking assemblage of joy.

The mural is in association with the exhibition art ability 2008, which promotes the 'International Day of People with a Disability' by acknowledging the positive contribution people with a disability make to our society and showcasing the diverse artistic talents and skills of clients of Skills Options Day Service at Kurrajong Waratah, The Leisure Company and Willans Hill School.

The mural will be on display until the early 2009 before moving to permanent display at Willans Hill School.

Bidgee Hip Hop

Bidgee Hip Hop 

  • Image:Hip Hop, 2008

Students from the Bidgee School worked with local artist Jordan Worsencraft to produce the mural Bidgee Hip Hop. The idea for this mural was to foster an environment of collaboration, an ethical understanding of street art and a sense of connection with the school environment. Working within a team to complete a project the students learnt invaluable skills that are applicable not just within art making but are fundamental to the workplace.

The students' workshopped their ideas with Jordan and learnt creative skills such as design, planning and other processes involved with making large scale public art. Jordon was able to tap into the areas most familiar with the students aged between 12 and 16 years.  What has resulted is a funky insight into the world of Hip Hop and Street Art.

All the students and teachers involved visited the gallery and looked at the exhibition 2007 Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Prize and discussed what marks they could make. They looked at text and its meanings and explored monograms or variations on their names. Some have reproduced their full first names; others have chosen to embellish their initials to become images in their own right.The mural will be on display until the end of November 2008 before moving to permanent display at the Bidgee School. The school will use the boards to beautify the newly created luncheon area and to provide students with a sense of ownership of their surrounds.

Bidgee Hip Hop is part of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Mural Outreach Program. The program facilitates school students and community groups in providing linkages between practicing artists, local schools and the regional gallery. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Wagga Wagga City Council.

Forest of Carers

Forest of Carers 2008

  • Image:Forest of Carers, 2008. 

Forest of Carers is a combined Mural Project between Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga Cultural Services and Centacare.  As part of the Young Carers Forum presented by Centacare in January 2008, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Cultural Services provided resources to facilitate a mural in which every young carer had a chance to work with artist Catherine Knox and contribute to the mural in their own unique way.  The painting of the mural fostered an environment for small team building and networking amongst their peers.  This mural was in situ at Wagga Wagga City Council's Civic Centre for 3 months before going to Centacare to grace a courtyard used for multipurposes.

Celebrating Ability

Celebrate Ability

  • Image:Celebrating Ability, 2008

Students from Willans Hill Public School and people from Skills Options Day Service at Kurrajong Waratah have worked collaboratively to produce the mural Celebrating Ability.

Students and Skills Options clients worked with artists, Fernando Whitaker-Roa and Partrice Kennedy, to workshop their ideas on what celebrating means to them.  What has resulted is a striking assemblage of joy.

Over two weeks the students drew, painted and contributed to creating the mural. This mural was launched at the Art Ability Exhibition 2007 in the E3 Art Space by Michael Evans, Area Manager Riverina Murray, for the Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care.

The Art Ability exhibition is a promotion of 'International Day of People with a Disability' and held to celebrate the skills and artistic abilities of people with a disability from Skills Options Day Service at Kurrajong Waratah, The Leisure Company and Willans Hill School.

The mural was displayed until the end of February 2008 before moving to a permanent location at the Willans Hill School.

Celebrating Ability is part of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Mural Outreach Program. The program facilitates school students and community groups in providing linkages between practicing artists, local schools and the regional gallery. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is a cultural facility of Wagga Wagga City Council

 

Mural Outreach Program 2005

The Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is a community resource encouraging access to artists and art education by bringing the experience to your community, organisation or classroom. For more than a decade, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery has coordinated outreach mural projects that involve primary and secondary school students working at their school with an artist-in-residence. The mural project is designed to provide linkages between the practising artists, local schools and the regional art gallery.

For further information on available mural projects contact the Gallery on: Ph (02) 6926 9660.

Straight from the Horses Mouth!

St Joseph's Primary School

To help celebrate the National Festival of the Horse, the first 2005 mural project explores the theme of horses.

  • Image:Straight from the Horses Mouth!, 2005
  • Leaving Smaller Footprints

    Mangoplah Public School 

    Artist in residence Charlie Trivers

    Wagga Wagga Art Gallery's 2005 Mural Project in conjunction with the 5th Landcare/Catchment Management Forum 2005 hosted by Wagga Wagga City Council.

  • Image:Leaving Smaller Footprints, 2005
  • Waiting for the rain

    Assisting artists Lucy Buttenshaw and Ralph Tikerpae

    St Mary's War Memorial Primary School 

  • Image:Waiting for the rain, 2005
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    aerosol art mural

    artists: Mick Jones, Colin M, Luke Vineburg, Jordan Worsencroft and participants from the re:generate youth arts festival.

    This mural is a product of workshops run by the above named artists during the 2005 re:generate youth arts festival.  re:generate youth arts festival, 2005 is Wagga Wagga City Cuoncil's annual multi artform youth arts festival.  Now in it's second year, re:generate offers a series of workshops and events celebrating the creativity and artistic expression of our young people.  re:generate youth arts festival is a City of Wagga Wagga initiative supported by the Riverina Media Group and the Eastern Riverina Arts Program (ERAP).

  • Image:aerosol art, 2005
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    Mural Outreach Program 2004

    For more than a decade, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery has coordinated outreach mural projects that involve primary and secondary school students working at their school with an artist-in-residence.  The mural project is designed to provide linkages between the practising artists, local schools and the regional art gallery.

    Gobbagumbalin and Pomingalarna

    With the permission of Avis Ivanoff, Mount Austin High School and artist-in-residence Vicki Kennedy explore Wagga's Aboriginal heritage by depicting the Wiradjuri story of Gobbagumbalin and Pomingalarna.  This mural coincides with the exhibition Native Title Business in which contemporary Aboriginal artists from across Australia respond to issues raised through Native Title Law legislation.

    • Image:Gobbagumbalin and Pomingalarna, 2004

     

    Scrolls and Screens

    In this mural Junee High School students, with the assistance of artist-in-residence Vanessa Barbay, explore the traditional Japanese artform of painted screens and hanging scrolls.  The work of  Japanese Australian textile artist Keiko Schmeisser in the current exhibition With the flow against the grain which explores the Australian environment was referenced as students explored the Australian landscape to construct this six panel mural screen. 

    • Image:Scrolls and Screens, 2004

     

    All that Jazz 

    Many visual artists have taken their inspiration from the sounds around them, and tried to develop a visual language based on their ideas of what music 'looks' like or the emotional responses they feel, and how it might correspond visually.

    Mater Dei Catholic College along with artist-in-residence Liz Main are challenged with painting music.  This mural is a creative response to the sights and sounds during Wagga's Jazz Festival combined with other sources of inspiration.  

    • Image:All that Jazz, 2004

     

    Sunday Afternoon at the Wagga Wagga Beach

    Many artists have depicted people at leisure near the water's edge.  The students of Kildare Catholic College with the assistanve of artist-in-residence Angela Coombs, explore the role of the beach in Australian culture, and recreate the Wagga Wagga beach scene.  How do different groups in our community use Wagga's famous beach and what is the history of people living, working and playing along the Murrumbidgee River?  This mural project introduces students to post-impressionist artists who influenced 20th century art, plus contemporary Australian artists who depict our society.

    • Image:Sunday Afternoon at the Wagga Wagga Beach, 2004

     

    Mural Outreach Program 2003

    Favourite Selections

    Coinciding with the exhibition MCA Unpacked, this mural is based on the idea of process of discovery,, unpacking, selecting out and revealing.  MCA Unpacked presents artworks from the Museum of Contemporary Art permanent collection discovered, chosen and arranged for display by two prminent Australians.   

    • Image:Favourite Selections, 2003

     

    Art... What's It To Ya?

    Riverina Anglican College  part of National Youth Week  artist-in-residence Sonya Karl

    • Image:Art... What's It To Ya?, 2003

     

    The Hidden Life of Water

    2003 is the International Year of Freshwater.  This mural, produced by Tarcutta Public School with artist-in-residence Vanessa Barbay, is an expression of Australia's natural, social and cultural associations with water.

    • Image:The Hidden Life of Water, 2003

    Mural Outreach Program 2002

    The Mural Project is an outreach program implemented by the Wagga Regional Art Gallery to encourage school community's to embrace the Visual Arts as a learning tool.  Each year three schools from the Riverina Region are selected to interpret themes associated with the Art Gallery's collections and exhibitions, as well as local/global communities and environments. 

    The Mural Project provides students and teachers with the opportunity to work with a professional artist and conceptually develop a theme that will have positive outcomes for their school.  The mural is completed in the school grounds, displayed on the Mural Wall for three months for the public to see and is then reutrned to the school for permanent installation.   The Mural becomes part of the shcool environment and a tangible representation of the importance of Visual Arts in education.

    Through the Garden Window

    Sacred Heart Primary students, under the guidance of artist Jeanette Newbound, examined the theme of Through the garden window as an appreciation of the natural flora in their area - important as part of local knowledge and in keeping with Greening Australia.

    • Image: Through the Garden Window, 2002

     

    Murrumbidgee River

    The Rock Central School

    •  Image:Murrumbidgee River, 2002

     

    Invention and Imagination

    Professional artist and illustrator Christina Booth collaborated with students from Ashmont Public School in the production of the mural over a four day period.  Within their mural the Ashmont students examined the theme of Invention and Imagination as a fluid stream of ideas coming from a variety of people of various ages and cultures merging to create inventions that are both mechanical and organic.  Invention and Imagination are the themes of the Biennale of Sydney 2002, (The World May Be Fantastic) and reference the exhibition Alun Leach-Jones on display a tthe Art Gallery until May 19, 2002.

    • Image:Invention and Imagination, 2002