Deadly Arts

Region: Metro South and West | Penrith
Year 7 to 12, teachers
Local arts program Visual arts
Tags: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

Deadly Arts strives to enhance First Nation students to further develop their cultural understanding and explore contemporary arts practice to advance their capacity to express themselves in authentic and innovative visual ways. The program aims to enhance develop cultural ambassadorship and public profiling of First Nation art practice within the local community.

Deadly Arts is an initiative of Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School in association with the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. 

The Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School has a dedicated First Nations arts program, Deadly Arts, which provides an opportunity for First Nations students to connect with their cultural identity and ancestoral connections through art.

In the spirit of inclusion, all First Nations Nepean High School students were invited to create an artwork. This has culminated in a showcase that not only highlights but also celebrates the diverse and vibrant array of Deadly Arts practiced within the school, nurturing a deeper connection to culture and heritage within our community.

"Culture is key to what makes cities attractive, creative, and sustainable. History shows that culture is at the heart of urban development, evidenced through cultural landmarks, heritage, and traditions. Without culture, cities as vibrant life-spaces do not exist; they are merely concrete and steel constructions, prone to social degradation and fracture. It is culture that makes the difference."

Culture Urban Future UNSECO 2016 - Amanda Ying, Director, Civic Places, Development and Place


  • Western Parkland City Authority Head Office during Reconciliation Week.

Mob Mentor Professional Artists

  • Blak Douglass
  • Chris Tobin
  • Trevor Eastwood
  • Jason Douglas
  • Lee Anthony Hampton
  • Dianne Asher
  • Karen Maber
  • Alka Newman

'Returning Culture'
Ella (Year 11)

Returning Culture by Ella


In my artwork 'Returning Culture' I vividly depict the resurgence of First Nation cultures. Throughout my work, diverse cultural paths emerge prominently. Boomerangs, symbolic of First Nations people, emanate from all directions, illustrating their enduring presence. My art serves as a powerful celebration of the revitalisation of First Nation cultures and underscores the critical importance of preserving our stories for future generations.




'Boomerang Fire'
​​​​​​Ella (Year 11)

Boomerang Fire by Ella


The 'Boomerang Fire' represents the revival of First Nations cultures, soaring over the land. Its flight, shaped by traditional fire-heating, symbolizes the strength of traditions and echoes across generations. As it travels, it highlights the deep connection between culture and the land, urging us to preserve and celebrate our heritage. The fire not only forms the boomerang but also embodies the enduring spirit and resilience of Aboriginal peoples.

Hayley (Year 9)

Healing by Hayley


In my artwork 'Healing' I blend old traditions with new ideas, weaving my personal songline stories into each piece. This work symbolizes a period in my life marked by struggle, betrayal, and the strengths I've overcome. "Healing" represents a journey of moving forward from past regrets, learning that mistakes are a part of growth, and embracing the process of healing.

'Where the Journey Begins'
April (Year 8)

Where the Journey Begins by April


My artwork is a vivid depiction of First Nation meeting places, where land and sea converge, and where vibrant colours tell the stories of my surroundings. Through my art, I invite viewers to see the world through my eyes and culture. Accompanying me on this journey is my totem, the iguana, a creature symbolising resilience, and adaptability. The iguana guides me through the diverse landscapes I depict, embodying the spirit of exploration and connection to nature.

Bridget (Year 9)

Heartland by Bridget



In my artwork 'Heartland' I pay tribute to my relative Maria Locke (c. 1808 – June 6, 1878), an Aboriginal Australian landowner from the Dharug area of Western Sydney. Through symbols such as heart ties, vibrant colours, mountain escarpments, and constellations, I aim to capture her resilience and profound connection to the land.


Prudence Rowston
Event Coordinator
Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School