Chern'ee and Brooke hold a painting workshop in Woorabinda

Chern'ee and Brooke hold a painting workshop in Woorabinda

Kalkadoon contemporary Indigenous artists and Bundaberg residents Chern’ee and Brooke Sutton travelled to Woorabinda a remote Aboriginal community on Sunday the 7th March to hold a two day painting workshop.

The workshop was held at Wadja Wadja High School in collaboration with the Queensland Woorabinda Police in a bid to build a better respectful relationship between the Woorabinda Police, the community and High School children.

Chern’ee and Brooke instructed the high school students in their signature style of contemporary Aboriginal Art and worked together to create 2 stunning 5 foot paintings which represented the community of Woorabinda coming together and the name it’s self which means “Kangaroo Sit Down”.

Local Elders and the Police left their mark on the artworks as a symbol and gesture of working together within the community with the children. Chern’ee and Brooke held a similar workshop in conjunction with the Woorabinda Police, Wadja Wadja High school and the local elders in 2019 to create two beautiful artworks which were then used as vinyl wraps on the new Woorabinda police cars, the project was such a huge success, that generated a great deal of respect and pride within the Woorabinda Township that the Woorabinda Police decided to get Brooke and Chern’ee back to the community again to hold the workshop.

“The students were engaged for the whole 2 days in leaving their mark on the paintings and did an amazing job with the artworks.” Chern’ee said

“Its such an amazing feeling to be able to work with the kids and create something stunning which we are all very proud of and will hopefully inspire them to continue painting”

Brooke said “We will be travelling back to Woorabinda in the coming months to officially unveil the artworks and donate them to the local Police Station and Court House” 

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