A student from Harlaxton has won at the Independent Education Union–Queensland and Northern Territory Branch annual Awards for Excellence in Art Design. Youth and Community Learning Centre in student Lurlene Langton was the recipient of two awards. Her artwork, titled Our Story won two categories, Indigenous Art-Years 5-12, and Art-Years 9-10.

The Excellence in Art Design Awards are open to preschool, primary and secondary school students and teachers in non-government schools throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. This year’s competition theme was Unity – inspired by the Helen Keller statement, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”.

“This young artist has explored the essence of land, culture and the unifying of the past with the next generation, both physically and spiritually.  The symbolism and story in the painting are effective and speaks to the audience in an energetic and spiritual tone that is accessible and therefore contributes to ‘unity’ and understanding. Beautifully executed!” said judge, Julie Seidel.

Another judge, Aunty Thersa Nunn said, “This beautiful painting represents everyone and everything. It is evident that Lurlene has been listening to her elders and brings everything into her artwork. The Cherbourg country totems are represented beautifully and identify unity between land and people. I am in absolute awe that a young person can produce such an amazing piece of art.”

The many comments from the other attendees of the showcase, acknowledged Lurlene’s talent as an artist, as well as, her insightfulness and resilience as a young woman. Her work was also cited as a quality never seen before. “Youth and Community Learning Centre encourages young people to develop their individual skills, talents and abilities. We celebrate Lurlene’s success, along with the successes of all our young people and community members,” said Lisa Hammond, Principal.

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