Aboriginal artist and Wakka Wakka man, Arthur, visits St Patrick's College

Thursday, 29 Jul 2021


We were fortunate to have a visit from Aboriginal artist and Wakka Wakka man, Arthur Conlon. Arthur is no stranger to the College, having visited many times before as part of our retreat programs. It is also ten years this year since Arthur worked with a group of students to create the Indigenous Cross which hangs in the Christian Brothers Building, and is a significant feature of our own storytelling.

During this visit Arthur worked with some of our First Nations students to create a mural on the water tanks in the Paddy’s Garden near the Morrissey Building. The students helped design and paint the mural which acknowledges the traditional custodians, the Turrbal people, on whose land the College stands. The mural incorporates the landscape and animals of this Country, as well as symbolic representations of the many groups of people that make up our community through the circular bora rings. The handprints represent elders and families that are connected to this place.

Congratulations to Samuell Barber, Jayden Briggs, Isaiah Gibbs, Seth Lomas, Nate McGoldrick, Kahlem Rapson-Charger, Denzel Robertson, Clay Spence and Archie Tebbutt, for creating a special and permanent reminder of the importance of acknowledging Country and respecting the rightful place of the First Nations people in our community.

Thanks also to Teacher Aids Cathy Hunt and Theresa Smith, and Art Teacher Julie Catalan for their assistance in bringing this project to life. Finally, we thank Arthur for supporting our students throughout this process.

The opportunity for these students to come together in such a project is an important part of their own development and pride as a group.

Click the link to learn more about the Turrbal Tribe, traditional owners and custodians of Brisbane: https://www.turrbal.com.au/

--- 𝐍𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐢 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧 ---

𝑂𝑢𝑟 𝑣𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑆𝑡 𝑃𝑎𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑘’𝑠 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒, 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝐴𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑇𝑜𝑟𝑟𝑒𝑠 𝑆𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑡 𝐼𝑠𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑓𝑓, 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑓𝑒, 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑒𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑒𝑠.

𝐴𝑠 𝑎 𝐶𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑐 𝑠𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑜𝑙 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐸𝑑𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑑 𝑅𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑇𝑟𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑖𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑡ℎ 𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛.

𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑔 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑤 𝑖𝑛 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑓 𝐴𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑎𝑛 ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑢𝑖𝑙𝑑 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑢𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒.

𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐭 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤’𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐍𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐢 𝐑𝐀𝐏 (𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧): https://bit.ly/2SEww00