New Indigenous artworks at Tieri State School, painted by indigenous artist Arthur Conlon and the students.
New Indigenous artworks at Tieri State School, painted by indigenous artist Arthur Conlon and the students.

Students work with Indigenous artist to brighten CQ school

Talented Indigenous artist Arthur Conlon has left his mark on another Central Queensland school.

Known to the students as Uncle Arthur, Mr Conlon spent the second week of the 2021 school year at Tieri State School, adding some flare and colour to the buildings while passing on his knowledge.

Principal Jenni Farquhar, who has worked with Mr Conlon at different schools over the years, said she would regularly look over and see him surrounded by a group of students listening to his stories.

“Every student from Year 3 to Year 6 got to do something on the walls, which was excellent,” she said.

“Arthur set up the templates and showed them how to do the techniques and let them go for it.

“Then he would come through and would finish off with the black outlining.

“He would talk to them all the way along about why he did things the way he did them, the techniques he would use, and kids were amazed that with a bit of sponge and paint, you could do something as incredible as that.”

Mrs Farquhar said it was amazing to have some character added to the previously plain white buildings.

“We just wanted something bright and we wanted kids to have input into it,” she said.

“There’s turtles because that’s what they worked on with Arthur last year, one little girl was walking around with a toy wombat so there’s a wombat on another wall.”

Students assisted indigenous artist Arthur Conlon.
Students assisted indigenous artist Arthur Conlon.

Staff, students, parents and visitors are now welcomed to the school with a big, bright ‘welcome’ painting and an ‘admin’ painting also clearly shows where the admin block is located, which Mrs Farquhar said was one of the most asked questions.

While they only expected two walls to be painted, Mr Conlon continued his talented works on three others.

“The amount of work he did for us was above and beyond what we expected. It’s just amazing to look at,” Mrs Farquhar said.

“The kids love it and they own it.”

Mrs Farquhar thanked the parents, teachers and community members who assisted with the project and the P & C and Student Council for funding it.



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