On Saturday 27 June (3-7pm), the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will be collaborating with Blacktown Arts Centre and UrbanGrowth NSW to host a community Corroboree on one of Australia’s most important historical sites – the Blacktown Native Institution – and unveil a series of site-responsive artworks.
This third and last collaborative on-site event is the culmination of a year-long project, and builds up on the two Blacktown Native Institution Artist Camps which took place in June 2014 and March 2015. Over two days of culture, healing and sharing, these events offered an iterative and interlinked series of discussions, art-making workshops and storytelling sessions.
Artists Darren Bell, Karla Dickens, Steven Russell, Kristine Stewart, and Leanne Tobin came together with the community, local artists, academics and historians towards three intended outcomes: the creation of a website as a keeping place for personal stories about the site (unveiled in March this year, the www.bniproject.com website went on to win “Best Indigenous Project or Keeping Place” at the 2015 Australian Museums and Galleries National Awards), creative direction for future permanent usage of the site, and the creation of new temporary public artworks to be unveiled at the Corroboree on 27 June 2015.
On that day, the local community is invited to participate in free family activities, including storytelling, live music, traditional food and a BBQ, children’s workshops, a beautiful ‘tear catcher ceremony’ by Leanne Tobin, as well as performances by:
The Blacktown Native Institution was a residential school for young Aboriginal and Maori children that operated from 1823 – 1829. Originally located at Parramatta and later moved to Blacktown, it is among the first known sites where Aboriginal children were removed from their parents and institutionalised – a practice that continued until the 1970s. In 2013, the site was activated through a series of on-site artworks and an exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre.
For more information visit bniproject.com
Corner Rooty Hill Rd North and Richmond Rd, Oakhurst.
Parking available on site. Bus 757 stops on Rooty Hill Rd North.
Blacktown Arts Centre
Ph 02 9839 6558
C3West PROJECT PARTNERS
C3West (for Community, Contemporary Art and Commerce) creates situations for artists to work strategically with business and non-arts government organisations, with a focus on Western Sydney. This specific project is a collaboration between Blacktown Arts Centre on behalf of Blacktown City Council, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and UrbanGrowth NSW. Our media partners are Gadigal Information Service & Koori Radio.