Game on for indigenous art

Gloria Petyarre, 2010, Bush Medicine in Spring. Courtesy the artist.

Gloria Petyarre, 2010, Bush Medicine in Spring. Courtesy the artist.

Four of the Australia’s most highly regarded indigenous artists have painted on unusual canvasses. The reason; to raise awareness and funds for indigenous students to complete their university education. The canvas; a Nintendo Wii gaming console.

The inspired artworks were painted on eight Wii consoles to benefit the indigenous education programme and charity Shalom Gamarada.   This scholarship programme aims to encourage indigenous students to complete their university education by providing financial support and has succeeded in making a significant impact in lowering the drop-out rate within the indigenous community. This highly important social inclusion aspect of the higher education system is integral to closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Australia.

Artists include Gloria Petyarre, Emily Pwerle, Gayla Pwerle and Barbara Weir and each of them have created unique artworks on the consoles, each to be auctioned through an online site. The site will go live on 26 February with final bids on 6 March.

The official launch for the virtual auction is Thursday evening 17 February at Kaleidoscope Gallery, Paddington, where each of the consoles will be on exhibition until 23 February.

A unique visual artwork experience, to give a young indigenous a person a unique opportunity.

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