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Koori Art Expressions

Koori Art Expressions is a visual arts program open to all NSW public school students from Kindergarten to Year 12. 

All schools, whether they have Aboriginal students enrolled or not, are encouraged to participate in this program. 

The theme for this year’s exhibition is Heal country, heal our nation, which gives students the opportunity to express their understanding and appreciation of the NAIDOC Week topic in 2021. 

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym (NAIDOC) has since become the name of the week itself.

The 2021 theme – Heal country, heal our nation aims to emphasise that country is inherent to our identity and it sustains our lives in every aspect - spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally. When we talk about Country it is spoken of like a person. For generations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been calling for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of our culture and heritage for all Australians. Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage. That the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to and the cultures and values of all Australians. 

For further information about NAIDOC Week and the 2021 theme, visit the NAIDOC website.

2021 dates

Monday 19 July 2021 - Teacher professional learning workshop

Term 4 2021 - Exhibition of student work

The operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.


Teacher workshop venue
Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery Road
The Domain
Sydney NSW 2000

Exhibition venue
To be confirmed


Jane Stanley – Program Coordinator
Email: jane.stanley@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 0436 808 034

Michelle Murphy – Arts Coordination Officer
Email: michelle.murphy3@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 02 9408 8920