Rising stars found in Gascoyne Junction

Published by: AWESOME Arts | 17-Nov-2021
AWESOME artists inspired Students at Gascoyne Junction to found their very own production company and for their first film, they made a documentary about what reconciliation means to their community.
Western Australian artist duo Charlotte and Kero O’Shea packed their bags and embarked on a journey to Gascoyne Junction on the Traditional Lands of the Ingardda people for a 2-week long Creative Challenge. Children explored this year’s theme of Gathering and celebrated Reconciliation Week 2021.

This 2-week Creative Challenge was proudly supported by Healthway and the Go For 2 & 5 healthy eating message, which was creatively incorporated through free play and making colourful vegetable masks. Students explored new filmmaking techniques against the colourful background of the school's beloved community garden.

The 5 students of Gascoyne Junction were engaged in conversations around Reconciliation Week and learning about what ‘reconciliation’ means to their community. We give thanks to F.I.S.H. for joining the residency over Zoom to talk to students about Indigenous Australian history.

Over the two weeks, the children formed their own production company exploring visual arts, media arts and documentary skills. The students even applied their creative efforts to make a logo and banner for their company! The residency culminated in a short, student-led documentary for Reconciliation Week that interviewed teachers, staff and community members about their experiences and celebrate their diverse cultures. The movie had a profound impact on the artists and participants in understanding the importance of reconciliation in Western Australia.

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