Blake Parrott, 11, is vision impaired but loves to draw. The Lawrence Public School student recently returned from Sydney where his artwork was hung in the Australian Museum as part of the Schools Reconciliation Challenge art display.
Blake Parrott, 11, is vision impaired but loves to draw. The Lawrence Public School student recently returned from Sydney where his artwork was hung in the Australian Museum as part of the Schools Reconciliation Challenge art display. JoJo Newby

Vision impaired boy has artwork hung in Australian Museum

MANY primary school kids wouldn't be able to spell the word reconciliation, but 11-year old Blake Parrott can tell you all about it.

Blake has just returned from a trip to Sydney to see his artwork hung in the Australian Museum.

The drawing, titled 1000 Men - Blind Leading the Blind, bears a resemblance not only to the matter of reconciliation, but also to Blake's life and the hurdles he has faced.

The Lawrence Public School student is vision impaired. Blake's reading books are magnified to four times the size of a normal book and when he draws, his face hovers close to his artwork.

He simply cannot see unless he is that close to his desk.

The drawing he submitted into the competition was created with black ink and red texta.

"I don't like to get my fingers dirty so I chose to use textas," Blake said.

When he was in Sydney, Blake received a certificate from Peter Garrett, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.

Lawrence Public School visual arts teacher Sharon Nelson said she was exhilarated when she heard Blake had placed second in the year 5-6 Schools Reconciliation Challenge art competition.

"It's been a fantastic opportunity for country children to participate in competitions and see their artworks framed and exhibited and hung alongside the best of the best."

Ms Nelson said she has a great feeling of satisfaction when a child realises their potential in her art classes.

Blake and his fellow students learnt about reconciliation before beginning their artworks, and discussed the importance of reconciliation among their classmates while doing their projects.

"Some people have eyesight but are blind to the world around them... Reconciliation relies on seeing people beyond their skin," said Blake.


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