Acknowledgement of Country

Dharug

Bayadyinyang budyari Dharug yiyura Dharug Ngurra.
Bayady’u budyari Dharug Warunggadgu baranyiin barribugu.
Bayady’u budyari wagulgu yiyuragu Ngurra bimalgu Blacktown City. Flannel flowers dyurali bulbuwul.
Yanmannyang mudayi Dharug Ngurrawa. Walama ngyini budbud dali Dharug Ngurra Dharug yiyura baranyiin barribugu.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land, the Dharug people, and their continued connection to Country.
We pay our respects to Elders from yesterday to tomorrow.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Blacktown City where the flannel flowers still grow proud and strong.
We will walk softly on this land and open our hearts to Country as the Dharug people have for tens of thousands of years.

Archive | Democratic Garden

In the spring of 2014, Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) and Blacktown Arts collaborated with Western Sydney residents to create a living installation called Democratic Garden.

Curated by Rosie Dennis from UTP, the installation was created from hundreds of plants that reflected the cultural diversity and demographics of Blacktown. Planting began at Grantham Community Garden and, once ready, the plants were transplanted into a purpose-built vertical wooden pallet garden.

The final installation measured 3m (h) x 9m (w) and featured a small dirt path lined with rocks painted by Aboriginal residents to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land.

The Democratic Garden installation came to a close with a giving day  where community were invited to participate in the deconstruction of the garden by receiving the harvested plants. In this way, the garden lives on through the community and a version of the structure itself can be seen in the carpark today.Listen to an SBS interview with Blacktown Arts curator, Paschal Daantos Berry.
Read an interview with Rosie Dennis and the Sydney Morning Herald…
… and another interview with Rosie and the Blacktown Sun.

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