First schools visit new gallery

Busloads of students from Bunbury Primary School and St Brigid’s Primary School were among the first young people to experience the brand new, purpose-built gallery in Collie when they viewed the Pinjarra Massacre Memorial exhibition last week.
The schools took advantage of the free Smarter than Smoking Education Event offered by touring manager Art on the Move as part of the educational resources that accompanied the Pinjarra Massacre Memorial exhibition.
The timing of the exhibition showing at the Collie Art Gallery was fortunate for Bunbury Primary School students, who were learning about the two sides of history using the Pinjarra Massacre as an example.
Exhibition artist Sharyn Egan was on hand to provide more information about the Nyungar culture, the impact of the massacre and the meaning behind some of the artworks.
“A wonderful experience for our year fives to see and learn about an important part of our history,” said Bunbury Primary School Teacher Natalie Dowd. “Thank you again!”
The Pinjarra Massacre Memorial exhibition is on show at the Collie Art Gallery until 7 June 2015. The gallery is open 11am-5pm, Thursdays to Mondays.