Galnyatj: Inspire, Learn, Create Art Program 2018 to 2020

Kaiela Arts is excited to announce the beginning of Galnyatj –Inspire, Learn, Create Art Program, generously funded through the Victorian Education Department’s Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP). Through this program, local primary schools will be offered the opportunity to promote cultural understanding of South-East Australian Aboriginal arts, language and history through personal exploration of themes and creative learning activities. Kaiela Arts have developed workshop activities that draw upon narrative and cultural themes in and through Living Stories, Kinship and SelfLiving Stories is based upon storytelling, pictorial language and art styles. Kinship, focuses upon totems, traditions, language, animals and landscape. Self, looks at visual language and symbols used by artists. Each activity is stand alone or can be delivered as a series.

Kaiela Arts education will roll out funded programs over a three year period. The focus of GalnyatjInspire, Learn, Create Art , 2018 will be Year 1 and 2 students, in 2019 Year 3 and 4 and in 2020 Year 5 and 6.

This new exciting, Aboriginal arts program will be delivered by well known Kaiela Arts Artist, Troy Firebrace and local arts educator, Rhonda Chrisanthou. Galnyatj  can be accessed by all primary schools in northern Victoria. From Cohuna to Chiltern along the Murray, and in Wangaratta, Benalla , Shepparton and Kyabram and Rochester regions. For booking and enquiries please contact the gallery on 5821 9842 or email



Term 2 Highlights

Galnyatj! Inspire, Learn Create Art has attracted considerable interest from a range of primary schools in Shepparton and beyond. During term 2, Troy Firebrace and Rhonda Chrisanthou together delivered eleven classroom sessions of Living Stories and Kinship activities to Grades 1, 2 and 3 students at Gowrie Street, Guthrie Street and Orrvale Primary Schools.

Referencing the Living Stories of the Dhungala Kaiela picture book and a PowerPoint featuring artworks by Kaiela Arts artists, Troy and Rhonda introduced students to Aboriginal words, stories, signs and symbols. Students then completed colourful drawings and enjoyed playing with Troy’s giant Rainbow Serpent (puzzle).

In the Kinship program, activities ranged from presenting characters from the Badja Bayaderra reader , to learning about the cultural significance of totems and Aboriginal symbology, Students then made artworks using their own totems and symbols. The Year 1 and 2’s especially liked using our bespoke animal templates and the Scratch-it Paper was a hit with everyone.

Term 3 is looking very busy with schools visits planned for Shepparton and Mooroopna schools as well as a number of regional schools in Numurkah, Kyabram, Tongala, Cobram and Wangaratta.

Galnyatj enquiries and bookings for term 4 and for 2019 Year 3 and 4 classes, can be made via email