It’s not often that Marli Wright doesn’t come home from school and start to paint.
She loves art and dreams of becoming a professional artist specialising in the Aboriginal style.
Now the East Maitland Public School year 6 student is one step closer after her work was selected in the Schools Reconciliation Challenge, awarded a highly commended and put on display at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
“I’ve never had my artwork on display, it’s very exciting, and when I was told I got a highly commended I could not believe it,” she said.
“I do lots of Aboriginal artwork with my dad; I like it because you can let your feelings out on the page and I can show my culture.
“I had no idea my work would be selected; I thought I would just put it in and see what happens.
“Now I’m going to enter it again next year.”
Marli has already started working on new projects and said the Aboriginal art style always told a story.
Her artwork, titled All Together, depicts communities coming together.
It shows three hands that represent the adults, teenagers and children, with smaller communities around them.
The exhibition will be on display until August and is free to view.
NSW Reconciliation Council CEO Leanne Townsend said young people were leading the way in fields of social justice and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, as well as reconciliation on a personal level.