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iLearn Students Create Mural in Community


Bamaga Tavern and Bistro now has a colourful attention getting 40 meter long mural on its northern street frontage through the efforts of eight Visual Arts students from the NPA College through the sponsorship of Bamaga Enterprises Limited (BEL). In Term 3 Bamaga Enterprises Limited contacted the NPASC supervisor of year 11 and 12 art students with the idea of painting the mural on the fences and interior of the Tavern.

The Year 11 and Year 12 students have been studying Visual Arts via Distance Education with art teacher Mr Roland Nancarrow who has twenty years of experience in public art. Working with Roland the students designed, sketched, photo-shopped and developed the design and all creative input has been the students. Roland arranged that the work could be used as a major assessable work contributing to their course results for the year.

The eight students spent four days in the sun, sketching the completed designs on the palings, applying the colours and then applying second and third coats as necessary to get the vibrancy and freshness of the completed work. BEL staff members Deb and Annette supplied cold water and hot lunches to the artists to keep them well nourished for the long hot days’ work. Roland travelled up from Cairns and provided guidance and support for the students over the week long project

With the football carnival starting many locals and visitors in passing cars going to the Post Office and Bottle Shop took photos and called out compliments to the students saying their work was great. During the week many, many people stopped to say what a fantastic job the students were doing and how great the mural looked. Apart from a bit of help from the teachers to apply second coats, it was all the students’ own work from planning to design and completion.

All community users of the Tavern’s drive in bottle shop and the Post Office car park are treated to a viewing of this creative spectacle. The students have made a lasting contribution to the Bamaga streetscape while achieving high grades in their high school coursework as a result of this project.

Pauline Long

iLearn centre Coordinator