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Aboriginal artists learn vital skills

By Katie Weiss

Selina Bundamura is one of seven North Australian artists who learned printmaking and other artistic skills in the Vocational Education and Training course. Photographer: Andrew Barker, Kira Kiro Arts Selina Bundamura is one of seven North Australian artists who learned printmaking and other artistic skills in the Vocational Education and Training course. Photographer: Andrew Barker, Kira Kiro Arts

Seven artists from a remote North Australian community have received a Certificate I in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts.

Charles Darwin University’s Northern Editions Studio Workshop Manager, Jacqueline Gribbin delivered the course at Kalumburu in Western Australia.

The week-long Vocational Education and Training (VET) course included units in printmaking, drawing and Occupational Health and Safety.

“CDU is committed to providing education for Indigenous students from all over Australia, not just in the Northern Territory,” Ms Gribbin said.

She said printmaking had encouraged younger and non-established artists to become involved in the community’s Kira Kiro Art Centre.

Printmaking also offered the established artists an alternative form of artistic expression.

The artists’ etchings will be proofed at Northern Editions Studio, on Casuarina campus, and the final products will be displayed at the Northern Editions Gallery later this year. 

The VET course was facilitated by the Kimberley Training Institute.