PrimArt at Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 10-3-2005

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



Master of Teaching student Emma Maitland from The University of Notre Dame Australia conceptualised an idea to build connections between the University, schools and the local community through the creative arts.

Her innovation surfaced in a series of free school holiday workshops called PrimArt (Primary Art) where local primary school children participated in drama, dance and the visual arts where children had the opportunity to paint on canvas and use other materials that many had not had the opportunity to use before.

The City of Fremantle gave Ms Maitland a grant of $2000 to contribute towards materials and setting up the initiative.

After the momentum of the workshop, the PrimArt Competition was set where children could enter a painting or drawing expressing the themes of Fremantle, Parents and Celebrations. 400 pieces of the children’s artwork were on display at an art exhibition held at the Fremantle Christian City Church.

Ms Maitland said, “It was an initiative I thought of to involve the community, giving children from all socio-economic backgrounds a chance to experience the arts.”

Winners of PrimArt were 13 year old Jordan Ricciardo of CBC Fremantle (formerly East Fremantle Primary School) and seven year old Oliver Gunnarsson of Winterfield Primary School. They were given a prize of a $100 Garden City Voucher and their artworks were hung by City of Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri at a ceremony held at Notre Dame last week. The winning pieces will be displayed in Notre Dame’s College of Education Building for a year.

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