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April
2019
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Mural celebrates Aboriginal artists and indigenous youth

The mighty Murray River and other elements of the twin cities feature proudly on a large mural destined for Wodonga's central business district.

Wodonga Council engaged local Aboriginal artist Tamara Murray to lead the design for the mural while working with a group of young indigenous people as part of the Stronger Communities Program.

Workshops have been running each day this week with final touches expected to take place today.

Mentored by Dr Treahna Hamm, an internationally renowned Yarrawonga/Mulwala contemporary Aboriginal artist, this mural takes Ms Murray a step further into the realm of public art.

In 2014, Ms Murray worked on the Reconciliation Shield, a sculpture located along the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk in Albury. She has also been a guest artist on The Cube Wodonga piano.

"It's great seeing the kids get excited by art," Ms Murray said.

"We went to the park on our lunch break and the kids were asking when they could go back because they were keen to get back to painting."

Ms Murray is passionate about design and colour and explores most materials for their creative offerings.

As a young emerging artist, she is passionate about mentoring younger artists.

The work will be titled 'Footprints of Youth'.

"I left the design up to the kids and asked them to think about what it means to live in Albury Wodonga," Ms Murray said.

"They are creating the story and I am supporting them.

"The main element is the Murray River and then there's symbols like stars that represent family.

"They have also been painting their hands and pressing them onto the mural to leave their own mark."

The mural will take pride of place on the Cafe Grove wall in O’Neill Lane.