Students create murals on Northern Festival Centre's windows in Pirie

GLASS CANVAS: Madi Talbot shows her talents with an indigenous-themed painting that is in progress on the window of the Northern Festival Centre.

GLASS CANVAS: Madi Talbot shows her talents with an indigenous-themed painting that is in progress on the window of the Northern Festival Centre.

Young artists have applied their skills to the Northern Festival Centre, creating a “window” into the soul of indigenous people.

The students from John Pirie Secondary School’s arts excellence program are using paintings on the centre’s windows to highlight two milestones.

The milestones are National Reconciliation Week from May 27 and the Black Screen short film showcase of South Australian indigenous cinema at the centre on May 29.

Adult artist Judy Crosby from the community has been mentoring the students.

“They are already very creative,” she said.

Indigenous student Madi Talbot, 18, said her painting had a message.

“People mistake Torres Strait Islanders for Aboriginals, but I want to show that they may be different, but they are also the same in a way … that they can come together,” she said.

The outline for her artwork shows two figures embracing in a colourful design. Aboriginal education co-ordinator Chris Flavel said it was “fantastic” for the children to go into the community to showcase their ability.

“The whole of Port Pirie can see it,” he said.

The centre’s Jenny Stephenson said Black Screen was presented by Country Arts SA and the Give Up Smokes For GOod campaign.

She said it was backed by the National Film and Sound Archive and the SA Film Corporation. “This year’s program will feature an entertaining mix of family, educational, drama and comedy short films from emerging and established indigenous film-makers including four SA premiere screenings,” she said. Program co-ordinator Michael Crismani said the work of award-winning SA film-maker Dylan Coleman would be featured.

He said Coleman’s film Spin Out had won awards for best director and best actor at the Fleurieu Film Festival earlier this year.

Innovative cinema will include DreamBIG Coober Pedy, a hip-hop video from young leaders in the outback town. There will be the inspirational Thunderstorms that takes full flight of spirit and endurance.

Family drama Wild, by popular writer, actress and comedian Kiara Milera, will be screened.

“We have a wonderful opportunity to bring people together,” Mr Crismani said.

Contact the centre on 8633 8500 for information. The screenings will be at 11am and 7pm on May 29. 

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