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Aboriginal art project now complete at St Michael's College

Posted on 17 May 2017

A two-part Aboriginal art project was recently completed at St Michael's College Senior Campus in Henley Beach, South Australia, to highlight the relationship and respect for the Kaurna people and the lands where the College is now situated. It includes a large wall mural and Aboriginal designed staircase, which is the first of its type in the world. 

Highly accomplished, South Australian artist Allan Sumner designed both the art pieces. He is also a proud Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri and Yankunytjatjara man and talented musician.

The Indigenous Stair Art representation is called "Karawirri Pari" which means Red Gum Forest River. It depicts the coming together of the Kaurna people and their lands with the St Michael's College community and Founders Hall, as the College's central meeting place.

The staircase also represents the importance of respect, reconciliation and the recognition of our past and future on this land.

A storyboard explains the symbolism of both art pieces, which represents symbols significant to the Kaurna region.

Mr Sumner describes the project as "one that I am tremendously proud of but also a very personal project as it explores Kaurna symbolism that is very close and dear to my people.

I am pleased that the artwork is in a central area where young people can learn about and recognise the importance of Kaurna culture and history."

Mr Sumner is the Director of Aboriginal Contemporary Arts and over the past 3 years, his works have been found all over the city.

Mr Sumner can be contacted by email sumnerarts@bigpond.com or by mobile 0447 676 987.

For media enquiries at St Michael's College, please contact Sarah Winston.

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