Bus features work of local Aboriginal artists

THIS Saturday Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett will launch 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 NSW and managed by Arts Northern Rivers.

Local Jambama artists Charlie Caldwell and Jai Walker have worked with Arts Northern Rivers Indigenous Arts Development Officer Mark Cora and TAFE Lismore graphic design student Adrian Harrington to create work 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 Jai and Charlie.

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 modes of transport.

The project has previously seen artwork 'wrapped' around a Casino-based 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 canvass for the artists' work to be seen across the region.

Arts Northern Rivers Indigenous Arts Development Officer Mark Cora said the project was a fantastic opportunity to not only get local Aboriginal artist's work seen by the local community but to "generate a sense of pride for the wider Aboriginal community."

TAFE Lismore arts teacher Steve Giese acted as the supervisor for graphic design student Adrian Harrington who faced the huge challenge of incorporating the artists' work into a design that would cover such a large vehicle.

Following the launch by Cr Ernie Bennett, the bus will join the parade for the Casino Beef Week celebrations.



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