Aboriginal art on show on Richmond Valley bus
RICHMOND Valley mayor Ernie Bennett has unveiled a 30-seater bus featuring the work of Aboriginal artists from Casino.
The bus is the latest in the Travelling Art program, funded by Transport for New South Wales and managed by Arts Northern Rivers.
Local Jambama artists Charlie Caldwell and Jai Walker worked with Arts Northern Rivers' indigenous arts development officer Mark Cora and TAFE Lismore graphic design student Adrian Harrington to create the artwork that features images and stories from the artists' land.
Local indigenous students from Casino High School participated in the artwork development stage of the project, guided by Mr Caldwell and Mr Walker.
The Travelling Art project is an opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal culture in our region through large-scale application of indigenous artwork on both private and public transport.
The project previously involved artwork "wrapped" around a Casino taxi and a Lismore bus.
The Casino bus is the largest vehicle to be used in this project and will offer a high-profile moving canvas for the artists' work to be seen across the region.
Mr Cora said the project was an opportunity for local Aboriginal artists to have their work seen by the local community and generated a sense of pride for the wider Aboriginal community.
TAFE Lismore arts teacher Steve Giese supervised Mr Harrington's input, who had the challenge of incorporating the artists' work into a design that would cover a bus.
Following its unveiling by Cr Bennett, the bus was on display in the recent Casino Beef Week parade.