When students from Emily Carr Primary School in Ontario, Canada, began their Indigenous Art class they had no idea their paintings would end up travelling 16,000 kilometres to the centre of Australia.
In order to truly appreciate the students work, Year Four teacher Steve Revington, decided the paintings should be judged by art experts; and not by just any art expert, but by Indigenous artists themselves.
Across the Pacific Ocean to the red centre of Australia lies the small community of Mutitjulu, which sits under the shadow of Uluru, internationally known as Ayers Rock. The Officer in Charge of the nearby Yulara Police Station, Sergeant Annette Cooper, was more than happy to assist with the idea and arranged for the artists from Maruku Arts to judge the students paintings.
After months of long distance correspondence, the meeting of two worlds came together when the 27 pieces of artwork arrived at the Yulara Police Station and made there way into the hands of the artists. The student’s paintings were laid out for inspection and the artists were very impressed with the quality of work, commenting on the correct forming and use of traditional art styles and animals shown.
After much deliberation the artists managed to select their top four paintings, however all the students research and hard work is to be commended. As a cultural exchange of a different kind, some of the paintings were given to the NT Police and are now framed and hanging in the Yulara Police Station.