New artworks celebrate education and community

Cowra High School Principal, Helene Hamilton with Aunty Robyn Coffey and artworks by David Shillingsworth.
Cowra High School Principal, Helene Hamilton with Aunty Robyn Coffey and artworks by David Shillingsworth.

Cowra High has welcomed the addition of two new Indigenous artworks, which are on display in the school's foyer.

The school commissioned Aboriginal artist Allan Shillingsworth to create the works.

Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer, Aunty Robyn Coffey said the works symbolise education and community.

"The first painting represents teaching and learning by showing a larger emu mentoring and nurturing the younger ones," she said.

"In an educational setting, the larger emu represents the teacher guiding the students through their journey of achieving their best in their endeavours.

"It also depicts the "Emu in the Sky" Dreamtime story."

She said the second painting represents Cowra, which is depicted in the middle of the painting as a meeting place.

"The meeting place signifies our local community by showing tracks that lead to it from different directions," she said.

"The tracks have footprints that represent many people contributing to the growth and continual strengthening of our community."