Warmun art wows city!

Colourful crockery, tablecloths and coffee cups are drawing attention to the talents of students at a remote school. Warmun’s Ngalangangpum School has added a full-time design and technology program to its curriculum after a creative project last year. Two students, Mona and Davina Malgil, travelled to Melbourne in November to show off their designs to crowds at the Koorie Heritage Trust Federation Square.

The trip was the culmination of weeks of work when female students in Years 7 to 12 worked with a Melbourne designer visiting Warmun. Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek lectures in design at Swinburne University and runs her Marngo Futures program at schools throughout Australia. She visited the community late last year to help students create designs based on a brief, “designing a feast”, a series of on-country bush trips.

Edwards-Vandenhoek said Marngo Futures aimed to inspire indigenous students to pursue creative careers.

“The overarching aspiration is to reinforce how indigenous design and innovation can benefit local communities, and show it is a viable study and career pathway for young people,” she said.

“The brief, ‘designing a feast’, was integrated into the Ngalangangpum high school curriculum. It was adapted to suit the needs of the students and school as they worked towards the launch of their student cafe and social enterprise.”

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