INSPIRED: AJ with Aboriginal artist Frances Belle Parker.
INSPIRED: AJ with Aboriginal artist Frances Belle Parker. Palmers Island Public School

AJ makes his mark

TOTEM pole painting is a legacy at Palmers Island Public school.

As part of the end-of-year traditions any Year 6 Aboriginal person is invited to paint a pole in the playground.

Anthony (AJ) Hickling had the privilege of working with Frances Parker to design and paint his pole. The design depicts the river and Ulgundahi Island. Frances generously volunteered her time to work with AJ. Both AJ and Frances are proud of their creation.

Frances Belle Parker is a contemporary Australian visual artist who is a descendent of the Yaegl people. Frances is a highly skilled practising artist who works in a wide variety of mediums. Frances is deeply inspired by her mother's land (Yaegl land) and the island in the Clarence River that her mother grew up on, Ulgundahi Island.

AJ said his painting depicts the Clarence River, Ulgundahi Island. The hand prints at the top depict leaves of the fig tree, as an important part of Yaegl culture on the island.



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