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Interest piqued for Aboriginal art unit

Riawunna staff

An exciting new contemporary art unit was among the subject options introduced to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders at the UTAS Riawunna  Centre open days this week.

Riawunna’s three campuses, in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, invited potential students to tour the facilities, find out about courses on offer and to meet the teachers.

Accomplished artist Brigitte Wolfe will be teaching the new one-semester art unit in Launceston as part of the Murina bridging programme.

With a focus on drawing nature, the first semester will include field trips to the Launceston Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and Paper Beach on the West Tamar.

“At the end of the semester their work will be exhibited in the recently developed exhibition space at Riawunna,” Mrs Wolfe said.

Launceston’s Jess Wadley and Hadspen’s Kobi Sainty were keen to sign on and are looking forward to developing their artistic skills.

Other units on offer are computer skills, academic study skills, introduction to Aboriginal studies, learning and communication skills and examining life stories, where participants are assisted in writing down their life story by Associate Lecturer in Sociology with the School of Sociology and Social Work Terry Cox.

An added bonus is the inclusion of three Aboriginal elders in the Murina enrolments – their influence and knowledge welcomed by Murina Education and Support Officer Ann Edwards.

Riawunna is committed to the advancement of knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and societies and to the promotion of cross-cultural understanding.

For more information contact Ann Edwards on (03) 6324 3386 or go to

Photo: Gathered at Riawunna Centre Newnham campus open day on Thursday were: From Left (back row): Prospective students Dyan Summers and Kobi Sainty, Indigenous Higher Education officers Amanda Challis and Meegan Davey and prospective student Fiona Calvert. From Left (front row): Prospective students Jess Wadley and Nanette Shaw, Murina Education and Support Officer Ann Edwards, Aboriginal elder and student Aunty Phyllis Pitchford and art teacher Brigitte Wolfe.

Published on: 20 Feb 2012 10:35am