Artist Holly Sanders is a proud Aboriginal Bundjalung woman who is currently residing on Yuin Country, South Coast of New South Wales. Through her art, she aims to share her stories, culture and Country in a contemporary way. The patterns of her Saltwater Country motivate her, as do stories from the past.
The colours and patterns utilised in her art are a reflection of her connection to Country and used to develop a modern interpretation of her Aboriginal culture. Painting is important for her identity, wellbeing and expresses the way she understands and respects her culture, ancestors and Country.
Holly is also a classroom teacher and is passionate about Aboriginal education and being a strong advocate for her people and community. She feels privileged to be an educator- to be able to contribute and ensure Aboriginal children and young people are proud and confident learners, who strive to achieve their highest potential.
View more of Holly’s work here! Alternatively, contact Holly via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holly’s artwork features on our 2021 planner range.
‘Ngulli muggi mijunnwern jarjum’ – Strong and happy children
Bundjalung Language, North Coast NSW
This artwork acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and sea, who have thrived and lived sustainably with the land we call Australia for more than 60 000 years. It pays respect to Elders of the past and present for their strength, knowledge and leadership and to our Jarjum’s (children), who are our future Elders.
Ngulli muggi mijunnwern jarjum is a celebration of our children have been learning on this Country for thousands of generations. Our Dreamings, songlines, lore, languages and bush food and medicine knowledge have been passed down for thousands of years. This has kept our culture strong and enriched us as the oldest continuing culture on the planet. Where other civilisations have been and gone, we are still here, and we continue to maintain the world’s oldest culture.
The meeting place and people symbols in the centre represent our educators, supporting our children by creating culturally safe learning environments where culture and families are honoured and celebrated. Our educators also ensure our children and young people feel valued and supported for the unique knowledge and strengths they bring to education.
The journey or travel lines connecting the meeting place symbols represent our educators working tirelessly in improving the educational outcomes for our children and young people. It represents the school journey as our children grow into strong, confident learners and strive to achieve their highest potential.
The smaller circle meeting place symbols scattered across the artwork represent both educators and communities working together to provide all Australian students with a deeper understanding of our First Nations history, which is one of the most valuable lessons we can teach current and future generations.
The flowing lines and detailed patterns surrounding the meeting place symbols represents our songlines and Country. Country is our mother, is steeped in our culture and gives us our identity and sense of belonging. Our culture and connection to Country is a great source of wellbeing and strength for our children and their learning.
– Holly Sanders –