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Press Releases – MCA announces the C3West Blacktown Native Institution Corroboree

Posted on Oct. 20, 2015
Karla Dickens, Loving Memory (production image), 2015

Image: Karla Dickens, Loving Memory (production image), 2015, installation view, Blacktown Native Institution site, Oakhurst NSW. Co-commissioned by C3West on behalf of Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Blacktown Arts Centre on behalf of Blacktown City Council and UrbanGrowth NSW. Image courtesy and © the artist

On Saturday 7 November (5–9pm), the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) through the C3West program will be collaborating with Blacktown Arts Centre and UrbanGrowth NSW to host a Corroboree on one of Australia’s most important historical sites – that of the Blacktown Native Institution – and unveil site-responsive artworks.

This third and last 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 weekends 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 to work 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 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 7 November 2015.

On 7 November, everyone is invited to participate in free family activities, including storytelling, live music, traditional food and a BBQ, children’s workshops, a ‘tear catcher ceremony’ by Leanne Tobin, as well as performances by:

  • Pioneering hip-hop artist Brothablack, who will be composing a song about the history of the BNI site. Brothablack worked with the Blacktown Arts Centre on the Urban Theatre Projects work Back Home (Sydney Festival 2006).
  • Blues & Roots singer Krista Pav, 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.
  • Uncle Wes Marne, a well-loved local storyteller and elder, will be leading storytelling around a campfire.

The Blacktown Native Institution was a residential school for Aboriginal and Maori children that operated 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 in Australia until the 1970s. In 2013, the site was activated through on-site artworks and an exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre.

For more information visit bniproject.com or join the Facebook Event

Corner Rooty Hill Rd North and Richmond Rd, Oakhurst.
Bus 757 stops on Rooty Hill Rd North.
Parking available on site.

High-resolution images available upon request.

Video Content
Watch the project unfold with these videos that explore the artworks that were created and the workshops that took place.
*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people please note that some of the videos below mentions names of people now deceased.

Highlights: Artist Camp #1
8–9 November 2014

Storytelling with Uncle Wes Marne
8–9 November 2014
At the first Blacktown Native Institution Artist Camp, much-loved elder Uncle Wes Marne shared Dreaming stories.

Planting Workshop
8–9 November 2014
Artists Karla Dickens and Leanne Tobin collaborated with the community to create Waratah Medicine at Blacks’ Town (2014), an artwork responding to the history of the Blacktown Native Institution site.

Leanne Tobin at artist Camp #2
21–22 March 2015
Artist Leanne Tobin discusses her site-specific work Start Here Now (2015), created with the community for Blacktown Native Institution Artist Camp #2.

Highlights: Artist Camp #2
21–22 March 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Claire Johnson / Myriam Conrie
02 9245 2417 / 2434

About 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.