Sharing the Past for the Future

Our Year 9 and Year 10 Visual Arts students enjoyed an engaging one-day workshop with artist Kerry Toomey, a Gamilaroi woman from Pilliga New South Wales, who now resides in Southern Sydney.

One element of Kerry Toomey’s art practice is the creation of delicate sculptural works on paper. Each work is inspired by stories of family and represent Kerry’s strong connection to country and culture. Throughout the workshop, Kerry shared stories of her life, culture, and personal reflections.

Kerry generously shared her artistic skills and knowledge, demonstrating to students how to create similar sculptural works using tissues, glue, and watercolour. The students each brought to the workshop their own personal object of significance and set about creating a sculptural work based on that object.

During the workshop, the art rooms were unusually quiet at times, such was the singular focus the students had to create their own works. The workshop made a powerful impact on the students as they sought to understand Indigenous culture.

Our thanks to Kerry Toomey for generously sharing her art practice and herself with our students and staff.