A unique course giving Indigenous people an opportunity to build headstones for loved ones in unmarked graves.
Macksville TAFE on the NSW mid-north coast is offering the course.
Historically, many Indigenous people in the area were buried in unmarked graves or with simple grave markings that have weathered over time and are now hard to read.
The eight-week course is providing 15 Indigenous students from three towns - Nambucca, Macksville and Bowraville - the opportunity to create a headstone for a loved one and gain skills such as designing and producing 3D mosaics and directing the creation of digital artwork.
One participant, Denise Buchanan, says the course has been a great opportunity to be able to commemorate her late sister and brother in a creative and meaningful way.
"My sister passed away two years ago, which was a huge shock, and my brother passed two weeks after that. I wanted to do this for them - it's what they would've wanted," she said.
"I've always loved art - it's my passion and by learning new techniques including mosaicking, I've been able to create my own design in their memory.
"The course has also helped me to broaden my skills and gain more work in the field. I've been getting new contracts here and there which is great."
Lorrae O'Brien, Head Teacher of Creative and Design Ideation at TAFE NSW said the course involves family research and discussion, developing arts practice in the mosaic medium and gathering relevant materials and resources to plan the creative work.
"Students are encouraged to practice creative skills and explore culture within their local community.