Community Arts Trail – ‘Flaming Galah’


On the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of June the City of Melville will be transformed into a walking art gallery, with Melville Senior High School very well represented. The artwork, designed by the Arts and Tech

nologies Department, was featured on the front lawn of the school both days of the weekend from 9.00am – 4.30pm for public viewing.

The artwork was inspired by the Galah, one of the most common and widespread cockatoos which can be found throughout Australia. The work depicts a flock of Galahs showing their playful, funny and charismatic personalities. The term “Galah”, is Australian slang meaning ‘fool’ or ‘clown’, is often heard within the phrase “Flaming Galah!”

The initiative was spearheaded by Melville Senior High School’s Curriculum Leader of The Visual Arts, Mellissa McCarthy and was developed with the teamwork of scores of students. In addition to Ms McCarthy, teachers with classes contributing to the artwork included Ms

Jasmine Yap, Ms Jenna Antoniolli, Mr Matthew Lord and Mr Sam Cavallaro.

When asked how she felt about her initiative being accepted into the Happiness Appears Community Arts Trail, Ms Mellissa McCarthy said “I am happy that we have the opportunity to put the student’s hard work out on display and to spread some joy in the community during these uncertain times.”

Below are some beautiful pictures of the art work throughout the different stages of design.

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