NAIDOC youth artwork has meaning

Rachel Jackson's painting was one of the five others displayed at the NAIDOC Youth Art Exhibition on Thursday. Photo: Melissa North

Rachel Jackson's painting was one of the five others displayed at the NAIDOC Youth Art Exhibition on Thursday. Photo: Melissa North

The Youth Art Exhibition held on Thursday morning was an initiative by Young People Ahead Youth and Community Services in celebration of NAIDOC week.

The exhibition showcased the work of six Indigenous youth who were selected to do a painting or photograph, along with a story.

Young People Ahead Youth and Community Services, Youth Support Worker, Sharron Condren said the six artists had two weeks to prepare for the art exhibition.

“We put the call out among our clients and the general community, then met with the selected six to explain the theme of this year’s NAIDOC celebrations,” Ms Condren said.

“The paintings are done on canvas and displayed on easels provided by the Men’s Shed.”

Rachel Jackson, a sixteen-year-old Indigenous artist said she was happy to participate in the event because she has been painting since she was 10-years-old.

“The painting represents a tribe of goannas attending a waterhole, and the theme of NAIDOC – Because of her we can –  is seen in the land and all the living things on it.”

“It’s also because of Joan Marshall, she taught me how to paint and I’d like to thank her for teaching me,” Miss Jackson said.

The painting took Miss Jackson two days to complete.

“Everyday I’d get up at 7.30 and paint until 4.30, it would keep my head occupied.”

Miss Jackson would like to continue painting and hopes to one day see her artwork in a gallery.