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Press Releases – C3West Blacktown Native Institution Corroboree

Posted on June 12, 2015

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:

  • Pioneering hip-hop artist Brothablack, who has previously worked with the Blacktown Arts Centre through the Urban Theatre Projects collaboration Back Home (Sydney Festival 2006 and Canadian Tour 2007). For this Corroboree, he will be composing a song that addresses the history of the BNI site.
  • Blues & Roots singer Krista Pav and Band, who has developed language research through the Blacktown Arts Centre Performing Arts Program. She will be singing these compositions in language as well as some blues and roots standards. For the corroboree, Krista will be accompanied by her 5-piece band.
  • Mount Druitt Indigenous Children’s Choir: They will be presenting the recent songs that have been composed for them in Dharug.
  • Chris Burke & Puppets (Yarramundi Kids): roving storytelling around the campfires.

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
E artscentre@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

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.

Media Contacts
Claire Johnson / Myriam Conrié
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
+61 (0)2 9245 2417 / +61 (0)2 9245 2434