Artist in Residence - Cedric Varcoe
On Wednesday 29 May, students, staff and visitors gathered to hear Cedric Varcoe share his stories about his country and his culture and the influence this has had in his life and his artworks (he has painted over 800 paintings). His passion for his art making and the importance of sharing his culture through his stories was very evident during his presentation. So many of his stylised paintings feature the creation stories of his Ngarrindjeri and Narangga tribes capturing the essence of the land, bush-tucker, animals and water, all playing a prominent role in the artworks. Cedric’s palette is exquisite and his considered use of organic linework and shapes are unique features of his paintings.
During Cedric’s residency he created three large acrylic paintings that the College has acquired and will display in the school. Students in Years 8, 9 and 10 have learnt much from Cedric about our country and have used similar colours and some of his iconic symbols in their colourful artworks reflecting their own unique stories. All student artworks will be displayed along with Cedric’s art on Thursday 20 June in the Caroline Chisholm Building from 4:00–5:30pm. All students, families, staff and the wider community are invited to come along and celebrate with Cedric and the art students.
Above: Cedric sharing his story of Nurunderi and his Brothers on the Milky Way (2016).
Above: Father Peter Hosking SJ, Mr Peter Coffey, Cedric Varcoe and Mrs Liz Wedge with one of Cedric’s artworks.
Mrs Liz Wedge
Curriculum Coordinator Art & Design