Marble Bar students stun international audiences with Aboriginal art

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Kangaroo art which forms part of the Marble Bar VR gallery initiative
Camera IconKangaroo art which forms part of the Marble Bar VR gallery initiative

Marble Bar students are stunning international audiences alongside Aboriginal community leaders through a virtual art gallery to share the unique culture of the East Pilbara.

Fifteen school students have joined forces with Aboriginal leaders and their teachers to transform 2D Indigenous artworks into a 3D virtual reality art galley.

Open this weekend, the showcase will highlight art within the region whilst opening up new technological opportunities for the students.

The Marble Bar VR World Gallery allowed anyone across the globe using a device to walk virtually through the student designed space.

Artwork included depictions of season and wildlife according to local Aboriginal culture and history.

Marble Bar resident and parent Julie Whabelone said the project had a positive impact on her child’s learning, giving them an opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal culture.

“It has been great to see my kids and their fellow students going through an engaging and hands-on and engaging educational journey to create these amazing pieces of work,” she said.

“It has been great to see my kids and their fellow students going through an engaging and hands-on educational journey to create these amazing pieces of work.

“The initiative has sparked curiosity and passion amongst the students while also encourage learning about Aboriginal culture and history.”

Local guest speakers appeared online as part of the VR tour to talk about the creative process.

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