Published on: 4 August 2016

Thirteen of our Indigenous students are looking forward to seeing their artwork displayed all over Perth’s beaches this summer after their unique paintings, inspired by stories from family Elders, were printed onto Ocean Zone boardshorts by local designer Reif Myers.

The students’ work was on display at the opening of Tidelines, the Indigenous student art exhibition on Wednesday evening, a fabulous night which celebrated the boys’ unique artistic talents.

Principal Alan Jones praised the boys for their remarkable artwork, thanking everyone involved for their commitment to the Indigenous Student Program.

“It was an inspiring evening and a special event for our Indigenous students. Our boys have worked incredibly hard, creating impressive pieces of work,” Mr Jones said. 

“Our boys come to the School as students and through this program they become teachers. Through their art and as part of our community they teach us about their culture and their stories.”

The brief encouraged the boys to research their families and countries for a creation on canvas. Art, Design and Media Teacher Anna Cornell said she was incredibly impressed by the boys’ work ethic and engagement with the project.

The artwork, stories and boardshorts will be on display at the Old Boys’ Gallery until Tuesday 23 August. Parents and the wider community are encouraged to view the exhibition during school hours or by special request.

The Tidelines boardshorts are available for sale through the Ocean Zone website. Money raised will go to the Christ Church Indigenous Student Program.