Gravesend’s local birdlife to be captured on canvas

Media Release

STUDENTS and staff at Gravesend Public School were delighted to receive news last week from Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall that they’d been successful in an application for $2,200 funding from the NSW Government to run their ARTbird project.

Gravesend Public School arts funding

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall pictured with Gravesend Public School staff, Principal Kris Pagett, left, Debbie Motley and Carol Bess last week.

Mr Marshall dropped in on the school staff and students last week and said that Gravesend Public had applied for the funding through the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program, which has been established to support short-term, locally initiated arts projects.

“I’m delighted this project has been recognised for the value and pleasure it will bring to students in this small rural community,” Mr Marshall said.

“Well-known artist and educator Christine Porter will spend three days at the school and work with students and members of the community to create a suite of drypoint etchings about the bird life within the geographic area of the school.

“Ms Porter’s prints and water colour paintings of bird life are so beautifully executed, I’m delighted the school has been able to engage her service for this workshop; it will certainly be a most enjoyable few days for all involved.

“Needless to say, it’s very gratifying to know the NSW Government through NSW Arts funds such valuable programs for small rural communities.

“I commend the P&C for their enthusiasm for the project and I look forward to seeing the finished works when next at the school.”

The Country Arts Support Program is an Arts NSW devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government on behalf of the NSW Government.