Gawler Aboriginal Health Aerosol Art


During February 2015, a series of Community Arts workshops were held over four days involving clients and staff from the Gawler Aboriginal Health Program and was facilitated by Narisha Cash and Derik Lynch.

The workshops were designed to incorporate both the modern techniques of aerosol art whilst combining traditional techniques including dot painting and traditional symbols and imagery. A series of public artworks were created by the group and are on display at the Gawler Recreation Centre and Gawler Hospital.

The group participants ranged from young mothers to Elders with involvement from the Gawler Aboriginal Health Team. The mapping of ideas was created with local cultural themes, which included local bird life and the river system and landscape. After practicing with aerosol paint, the ideas came to life as the two mediums were intertwined. Narisha created the mainframe of the work with the participant’s ideas and sketches using aerosol, which was then given more definition and detail using acrylic, paints to characterize the finer details.

The enthusiasm of the participants including the Gawler Health Team really drove the project with the help of the facilitators with the outcome being five very different pieces, which reflects local Aboriginal culture and identity.