Heritage expressed in art

Culture lessons: Bidwill artist Jonnie Tevita, program orator Albert Tevita and Glenmore Park artist Paul Suluape spread the word about their Pacific Island cultures through art.Picture: Mike SeaARTWORKS, like most pictures, can tell a thousand words. And four Mount Druitt and Penrith artists are using art workshops to tell the equivalent of thousand-word stories about their Pacific Islander roots.
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South Penrith resident Albert Tevita is orator for The Journey program.

The aim of the artworks and workshops is to help troubled youth and families.

He has been running workshops for two years with Pacific Islanders who are in jail or who have been recently released.

He just ran his first 10-week program at Chifley College Dunheved campus where he works as a community liaison officer. He is in talks with other Chifley College campuses to run the program and he hopes to open it up to non-Pacific Islander students later this year.

“We tell stories about our history so students can find their sense of belonging and identity,” he said. “The kids don’t know who they really are. The guys in probation and those recently released on parole are inspired by the stories.”

Their artworks were on public display for the first time at a function attended by dignitaries in Oakhurst a week ago, celebrating the anniversaries of independence in the Solomon Islands and Samoa.

“We got an invitation from the Shellharbour mayor to exhibit the artworks down there. We want to show the exhibition to the community so everyone can see the stories in art form.”

The group hopes to take the exhibition to Mount Druitt Hub next month.

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