Arts festival draws a crowd

John Gauci

The Inner City Teachers Association teamed up with the Addison Road Community Centre to celebrate the great work and collaborative spirit in our public schools during this year’s Education Week.

Students from 15 public schools exhibited and performed in the community centre’s StirrUp Gallery for the third annual Public Schools Arts Festival.

The first Public Schools Art Festival in 2015 was organised after discussions between the community centre, local teachers and the Inner City Teachers Association about the need to showcase the creativity and talent in our public schools.

The festival has gained momentum each year, and become a much-anticipated celebration of community spaces and public education.

This year, there was standing room only in the gallery on the opening Friday night, 28 July, which included music and drama performances by local students.

The art works on display in the gallery were beautiful, sensitive and inspiring.

Federal MP Anthony Albanese addressed the audience and spoke of the need to fully fund public education, with local Director Public Schools Virginia Pacey also a guest on opening night.

The exhibition attracted good crowds over the next two weekends as students brought their parents and neighbours to view their work in a professional gallery setting.

An Inner City Teachers Association office bearer said: “We were very pleased to receive works from our diverse public education community, from infants, primary and high schools, from support classes and even a maths class at Chatswood Intensive English Centre. Our diversity is our strength.”

Rosy Porter, representing Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville, said: “Feedback from schools, parents and the general public has been extremely positive.

"We invite all public schools in NSW to submit work in 2018. The only criteria are that the work must be created collaboratively by students who are enrolled in a public school.

“This year, the organisers involved a Youth Board in the planning of the exhibition. The high school students helped to run social media accounts and curate the gallery, and hope to be further involved in organising in years to come.”

The third annual Public Schools Arts Festival was organised by the Addison Road Community Centre with Drawn to Seeing art studio and the Inner City Teachers Association.

If you would like to be involved in the 2018 Public Schools Arts Festival contact Rosy Porter on (02) 9569 7633 or