Pictured from L-R: Owen Hasler, Mayor, Gunnedah Shire Council and Warwick Keen
Our TAFE Illawarra Nowra Arts teacher, Warwick Keen with the assistance of former Arts student, Noel Wellington are making a name for themselves at the Mosman Art Gallery.
The 24 carved poles are a contemporary representation of a now defunct traditional Aboriginal art practice. They create awareness and further educate the wider community about Eastern Australian Aboriginal art practices and culture.
Mosman Art Gallery purchased this artwork in 2014 and it is now permanently installed in their Sculpture Garden.
“It is indeed a momentous feeling of achievement and honour for me,” said Warwick Keen, Teacher of Visual Arts and Aboriginal Cultural Arts.
The designs that appear on the poles have been created with great mindfulness and respect so as not to overstep any Aboriginal cultural protocols and sacred content.
“I sincerely give great thanks to Mr Djon Mundine (Aboriginal Art Curator) and Mr John Cheeseman (Director of the Mosman Art Gallery) for giving me the opportunity to participate in this fantastic project,” said Warwick.