Aboriginal Programs

Bridging Cultures

April – September 2011

Bridging Cultures brought together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students under the guidance of artists Doug Archibald and Joanna Davies with teacher Carol Carter. Through an extended artist-in-residence program, students were able to engage directly with artists while learning more about Aboriginal culture and art. Members of the project team were also able to exchange knowledge and skills.

As a result of the project, four ceramic artworks are now installed in the grounds of Whitebridge High School. They are steeped in meaning as well as being technically accomplished, proving the worth of the project and the processes employed.

Project Partners: LMCAG, ARG and Whitebridge High School

Project Team: artists, Doug Archibald and Joanna Davies; Coordinator, Carol Carter; administration Debbie Abraham; Education Consultant, Cherie Johnson; teachers, Linda Alcorn, Stephnie Jan, Hayley Terry, Sam Dyball; support, Edward Milan, Michael North, LMCC Civilake

Whitebridge High School Students: Aboriginal students from Years 7–11, Year 11 Visual Arts and Year 10 Ceramics.

Primary Schools: Charlestown East Public School, Charlestown South Public School, and Kahibah Public School

A gallery project supported though Arts NSW’s ConnectEd Program

Artists Doug Archibald and Joanna Davies working on the Bridging Cultures project

artists Doug
Archibald and Joanna
Davies installing the
Year 10 Ceramics
class’ sculpture