Aboriginal Programs

Songlines Now!

July – September 2003

Songlines Now! was a mural project bringing together Aboriginal artists with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students from three local schools. The project’s aim was to teach young artists to broaden their experience of Aboriginal art, beyond dot painting and X-ray techniques, and to encourage them to visit the gallery.

The imagery was to be a ‘mapping’ exercise and an acknowledgment of the relationship between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community as seen through the eyes of youth. The three -panelled work was made by school students over a series of workshops with the artists.

The title, Songlines Now! relates to the paths across the land marking the route followed by creation beings during the Dreaming. The paths of the ‘songlines’ are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and painting.

Artists:

  • Jim Ridgeway
  • Ray Smith
  • with students from Lake Macquarie High School, Morisset High School and West Wallsend High School

A gallery project in consultation with the ARG supported by LMCC

Photo: Jim Ridgeway putting finishing touches to the mural outside the gallery

Jim Ridgeway putting finishing touches to the mural outside the gallery