Gapuwiyak online shop to sell students’ art
Senior students at Gapuwiyak School are learning modern and traditional practices to create art for sale in an online shop to be launched this term.
The business is being developed in partnership with the Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Aboriginal Corporation through the employment pathways program.
Teacher Rachel Kirk said the initiative, which involves a combined Year 7/8 class, is also helping students become more adept business managers as they cultivate “effective operational skills”.
“They explore contemporary mediums through instruction by Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff, and participate in weekly cultural artmaking sessions in which community members teach weaving to the girls and painting to the boys,” she said.
“The students make a variety of art works to sell to the local art centre and the community, including mirrors, bookmarks, calico bags, tie-dyed pillow cases, woven baskets and Pandanus disc pendants hanging from leather cords.
“And they are developing business skills by counting money, working out profit and loss, writing, completing forms, becoming better team workers, and using computers more proficiently.
“The skills they learn through this semester-long project will help them run their own businesses when they are older, or help them gain employment with the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, the shire or local art centre, the Sport and Recreation Hall, police, or far afield.”