Celebrate Aboriginal art, music and culture on one of Australia’s most important historical sites
You, your friends and family are invited to celebrate and acknowledge the Aboriginal histories of the Blacktown Native Institution with an evening of art, music and culture.
See new site-responsive artworks, including projected portraits, suspended eel traps, and pyrotechnic installation by artists Darren Bell, Karla Dickens, Steven Russell, Kristine Stewart and Leanne Tobin.
Take part in free family activities including fireside storytelling, art-making and children’s workshops, while feasting on traditional food and BBQ.
Experience performances by pioneering hip-hop artist Brothablack, roots and blues singer Krista Pav, the Mount Druitt Indigenous Children’s Choir, and elder and storyteller Uncle Wes Marne.
Please note that a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome will take place at 5pm to open the event.
Sat 7 Nov
Corner Rooty Hill Rd North and Richmond Rd, Oakhurst
Parking available on site. Bus 757 stops on Rooty Hill Rd North.
The Blacktown Native Institution was a residential school for Aboriginal and Maori children that operated from 1823 to 1829. It is among the first known sites where Aboriginal children were removed from their parents and institutionalised – a practice that continued until the 1970s.
Through a series of artist camps, meetings and workshops, artists Darren Bell, Karla Dickens, Steven Russell, Kristine Stewart, and Leanne Tobin have come together with the community, local artists and various experts to develop a vision for the future, share and collect stories, and create new artworks.
This event was originally planned for June 27, 2015 but was postponed due to poor weather.
Blacktown Arts Centre
02 9839 6558 | email@example.com
7 November 2015, 5:00-9:00pm
This event has finished.