Aboriginal Programs

Old Stories Through New Eyes

13 October – 20 November 2005

Old stories through new eyes was developed as a collaboration between local secondary school students, the gallery and the ARG. It was conceived after a request from Lake Macquarie City Council’s then-Aboriginal Consultative Committee to have a permanent artwork in the Council administration building that focused on Aboriginal youth and their connection to traditional stories and culture.

The large-scale mural was developed over a series of workshops with the students directed by Jim Ridgeway and Peta Lonsdale. Traditional Awabakal stories were told during appropriate guided Aboriginal site visits, which the students interpreted through contemporary painting techniques.


  • Jim Ridgeway
  • Peta Lonsdale
  • and local Aboriginal school students

A gallery project coordinated by Susan Ryman and supported by Lake Macquarie City Council

Photo: students working with the artists on the mural

Students working with the artists on the mural