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School of Education Hosts Yokayi Art Exhibition, Supporting Young Aboriginal Artists

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

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The School of Education is thrilled to partner with Girrawheen Senior High School to bring the Yokayi Art Exhibition to both ECU and the wider community.

The Yokayi exhibition is a collection of works by female Aboriginal students of Girrawheen Senior High School and will be open to the public in the Kurongkurl Katitjin Gallery at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus from Wednesday 17 October until Friday 26 October.

The young artists have worked for the past three years with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to develop their personal expression and deepen cultural knowledge.

The existing arts project was extended and brought to ECU by a research project titled Yokayi Waarbiny Wer Malayin Djin-Djin (Celebrating Art and Cultural Spirit), coordinated by Dr Julia Morris.

Dr Morris said her research underscored the value of outreach and engagement initiatives for Aboriginal students.

“We know from the most recent Closing the Gap report that these programs have made real progress in improving school attendance and engagement for Aboriginal students,” she said.

“What the program hopes to achieve in the long term is an improvement in student retention to year 12 through a series of positive arts experiences.

“It has been fantastic to see the students using their art to not only develop their personal expression but also to find their voices as young people.”

School of Education Academic Coordinator for Industry Engagement Julie Boston said hosting the Yokayi exhibition at ECU aligned with the university’s commitment to the wider community.

“The School of Education was established not just to produce the teachers of future generations, but to also make a difference to the wider community that our university serves,” she said.

“Giving these bright young artists an opportunity to showcase their work to the community is a joy for us, as it represents a tangible way we can help our local communities.

“We also know from our research that these experiences help to build young people’s aspirations for their own futures – whether this is at university, other training organisations or in the workforce.”

Event details

Admission to the Yokayi Art Exhibition is free, and the gallery will be open to the public from 10.00am – 3.00pm from Wednesday, 17 October until Friday, 26 October.

Opening event

Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Kurongkurl Katitjin Gallery, Building 15 Room
RSVP: Please register your attendance online via Eventbrite.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Dr Julia Morris.

To enquire about industry collaboration with ECU’s School of Education, contact Julie Boston.

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