Terrigal outdoor indigenous art exhibition launched

Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) has announced the launch of the second and final stage of the outdoor artwork display which runs along the concrete hoardings at Terrigal.

The Painting of the Hoardings Project, which commenced in 2014, was the product of a partnership between Darkinjung LALC and Gosford Council. The project has seen the transformation of the concrete hoardings that line the footpath at Terrigal into a spectacular permanent outdoor Indigenous art exhibition that demonstrates the culturally diverse history of the Central Coast.

The first stage of the project involved local primary school students working together with Indigenous artists to produce the artwork at Terrigal. Stage Two took a slightly different approach, with high school students from the Gosford Local Government Area (LGA) invited to submit their own original artwork to be included in the installation.

The Stage Two artworks are now visible on the hoardings in front of Crowne Plaza and run all the way into The Haven. Darkinjung chief executive officer, Mr Sean Gordon said: “It is very rewarding to see the last piece of this puzzle come to life and to see the final product of years of hard work.

“When we commenced this project, we could never have imagined just how amazing the artwork would be, or how much positive feedback we would get from the local community,” Mr Gordon said. “It has been a pleasure working with all the schools involved and we thank them for their participation and talent,” he said.

The talented students ranged from years seven to 12 from Terrigal High School, Erina High School, Gosford High School and Henry Kendall High School and were the artists behind the remarkable artworks that now complete the exhibition.

Darkinjung chair, Ms Tina West said: “I had a chance to see the artworks before they were installed and I thought they were fantastic. “Now, seeing them down there at Terrigal, they look even better. “We are very proud to be able to bring this exhibition to the Central Coast community.

“It is a great way to share the Indigenous history and culture of our region with the non-Indigenous community through this art and we hope it is something that many people can enjoy for years to come.”

Stage Two of the Painting of the Hoardings Project has now been installed and officially launched, ready for members of the Central Coast community to visit, study and enjoy.

Media release, Feb 9, 2016 Ashleigh Milne, Brilliant Logic

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