Each term, 10 First Nations kids (ages 9-12) are invited to join in this fun, creative program inspired by Aboriginal art and artists.
Over 8 weekly Wednesday afternoon sessions, kids will learn about 3 artists from the South-East: Barkindji Elder Badger Bates, Wiradjuri artist Kevin Gilbert and Yorta Yorta artist Treahna Hamm. Learning about these artists and studying their artwork helps us think about caring for Country, plants and animals, as well as our own identity.
Kids will learn drawing and printmaking techniques to create their own artworks. While at the Museum, kids will have private tours of the current exhibitions, see behind the scenes of the Museum, view works in the Collection and work directly with a special guest artist.
Mawang has been developed by artist Bethany Thornber (Wiradjuri) with weekly sessions delivered by Kianna Edwards (MAMA Engagement Assistant, First Nations Programs).
At the conclusion of the year, a celebration will be held at the Museum for friends and family of the participants. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to show the artwork they have produced and celebrate the new skills and knowledge they have gained over the terms.
Mawang aims to work with a different school catchment each term, with a goal to rotate around the Albury-Wodonga school catchments over a 2 year period. Transport will be arranged within the participating catchment for each term.
The program is tailored to 9-12 year olds that are still in primary school (Grades 4-6). Kids in both NSW & Victoria are welcome to apply. Please register your child’s details via the below link and you will be contacted when your school’s catchment is selected.