From the White House to Minto: artist reveals latest work

Her work has caught the eye of the Obamas and Ellen DeGeneres and now Danielle Mate Sullivan can add another string to her bow – The Grange Public School.

The celebrated Indigenous artist visited the Minto school today for the unveiling of her custom mural.

The school approached the Campbelltown artist – whose mural work is featured prominently on a massive water tower at Edmondson Park – to create a new artwork incorporating the school’s new ‘acknowledgement of country’ passage.

Principal Gillian Blackmore said she was extremely proud of the students for creating a custom acknowledgement of country.

“They created their very own acknowledgement of country, which reflected their school and their values,” she said.

“To really celebrate this initiative we knew we had to do something very special, so we decided to commission an artist to depict our acknowledgement of country

“This will be displayed at the front of our school for the entire community to see.

“We were extremely fortunate to be able to have Danielle paint our mural for us.”

The students’ passage reads:

We at The Grange Public School would like to pay respect to elders past, present and future for they have and will continue to empower the community of the Dharawal people.

Together we embrace our hopes and dreams so that we can build an aspirational community that will always be growing together.

The mural unveiling ceremony was attended by the entire student body, parents, dignitaries and representatives of the local Aboriginal community.

Auntie Kay performed a cleansing water ceremony for the guests while Uncle Charlie called on the past elders of the land.

He told the children of the great responsibility Aboriginal elders and members of the community had to ensure the land was protected and looked after for future generations.

Aboriginal community liaison officer Lesley Marks also address the students and spoke of late Aboriginal elder Auntie Faye Carol.

She said Auntie Kay’s work with children in the past three decades was unprecedented and would be sorely missed.

Ms Blackmore dedicated the school’s mural to the memory of Auntie Kay.

The ceremony closed with the school choir performing a stirring rendition of This Is Me from The Greatest Showman.