Court hangs pathways painting


A painting by Sadadeen Primary School students now adorns a new courtroom specialising in domestic violence.

The Alice Springs school was invited to create the artwork to mark the opening of the addition to the local court.

The request came from Leanne Liddle, director of the Aboriginal Justice Unit.

The students responded by designing and painting a multi-coloured image reflecting their ideas on making positive choices, asking for help, and bonding with safe people.

Teacher Ali Hood and Aboriginal education officer Aunty Carmy Mclean organised a painting workshop for students, and listened to their ideas.

Ms Hood said the painting — titled Story about moving forward — is emblematic ofa personal journey along a path of rejection and acceptance”.

“We teach the children about the impacts and consequences of their choices and behaviours,” she said.

“When someone refuses help and pushes family away they feel alone and end up trapped in a cycle.

“When they connect with others and ask for help they feel better.”

Year six artist Dorothy Cook knows it is important to identify caring people.

“At school we learn about who to go to for help and support when we have a problem,” she said.

Ms Hood believes the students developed a powerful theme for their painting.

“They decided on symbols that mirrored its essence, and chose the beautiful desert colours of the land we inhabit,” she said.

“The painting hangs at the entrance to the courtroom. The students were proud to see it unveiled at the official opening on 9 September.”

Sadadeen Law Art
Picture (left to right): Lani, Dorothy, Samara and Phina, are some of the creators of the painting. The circles represent family, and helpful people and support agencies. The striped feature depicts a feeling of being trapped. The connecting lines are pathways.

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