In the lead up to NAIDOC Week, Michael West, local Aboriginal artist also known as Guwaali, led a board painting workshop and educational session with the SKATE cast at the Cutaway, Barangaroo. Enjoy this photo essay from the day, with photographs by Cameron Markin.

Michael talked about what arts and culture mean to him, the impact of being a member of the Stolen Generations, and what it means to respect Aboriginal communities.

Barangaroo is named after a powerful Cammeraygal leader of the Eora Nation at the time of European colonisation.

Aboriginal artist Guwaali (Michael West) talks to the cast about Aboriginal culture and shares his personal story.


SKATE cast learning from Guwaali.


Sari and Jacob begin painting their boards.


Liam painting his board in Aboriginal colours.


Some Aboriginal symbols explained.


Callum paints his board.


The board of Maori Skateboarder Nixen featured the words ‘pride’ and ‘love’. 


SKATE Cast and Guwaali with finished boards.