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ACU exhibit and lecture features Indigenous artwork


CLICK sc_acu831.jpgThe Australian Catholic University will present a public lecture in Melbourne today in conjunction with an exhibition of Indigenous artworks organised by St John's College, Darwin.

The exhibition of the works of the young artists is titled talkin' about culture & country. It is on show in the main foyer of Australian Catholic University (ACU National), Melbourne Campus, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy. The lecture takes place today (Wednesday 31 August) in the Christ lecture theatre between 12:00 midday and 1:00 pm.

The exhibition was officially opened on Friday by respected elder, Auntie Joy Murphy Wandin. The Chairman of the AFL Indigenous Foundation, Michael Long, made a special guest appearance.

The exhibition is being presented by St John's College, Darwin displaying approximately 35 artworks created by 14 boys from the Northern Territory and across the Top End through an innovative program developed to help and encourage Indigenous young adults to continue their education beyond Year 10.

"The University is delighted to be the host of such an inspiring exhibition, fully reflecting the talents of these Indigenous students who have been able to enhance their learning through this educational experience," said Head of the School of Arts and Sciences (VIC), Associate Professor Margot Hillel OAM. "The exhibition also provides the community with a great opportunity to respect and value our Indigenous culture."

"Only five schools in remote communities in the Northern Territory are currently accredited to run senior secondary programs and before these students commenced this program they had not had a successful educational experience," said Project Manager for the exhibition, Christine Latham. "Since they have enrolled in the program their numeracy and writing skills have improved greatly and it has given them an opportunity to increase their self esteem."

ACU National has a steadily growing enrolment of Indigenous students thanks to innovative course delivery designed to meet the life circumstances and aspirations of Indigenous people.

In the recently released Good Universities Guide 2006, ACU National received a five-star rating for Indigenous participation, placing it in the top 20 per cent of universities in Australia in terms of the proportion of students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent currently enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Pictured: One of the art works which has been donated by the artists to the University for providing the exhibition space. Below - ACU National Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Professor Gabrielle McMullen and Chairman AFL Indigenous Foundation, Michael Long with a selection of the artists from St John's College, Darwin.

SOURCE
ACU National hosts lecture by artists of Indigenous art exhibition (Australian Catholic University 30/8/05)

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31 Aug 2005