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.

New exhibitions in 2021

We have an exciting program coming up in February – April 2021 including Choose Your Fighter, an exhibition about placemaking by local young people, POWER, an exhibition of capes made by Dennis Golding and students of Alexandria Park Community School, a major survey of Faraimo Paulo’s work called Eleni – Navigators of Polynesia and film, video and sound artist Darrin Baker’s exhibition Pemulwuy and the Naming of Things.


 

Choose Your Fighter: An exhibition exploring world-building, placemaking and code-switching, bringing together the work of young people local to the Blacktown area. Click here to learn more.
6 to 27 February 2021

POWER: As the artist in residence for Solid Ground, Dennis Golding worked with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Alexandria Park Community School to create 100 superhero capes depicting visual representations of connections to Country, memory, heritage and lived experience. Click here to learn more.
6 February – 13 March 2021

Pemulwuy and the Naming of Things: Film, video and sound artist Darrin Baker explores the history of the western Sydney suburb Pemulwuy – and the stories of the Bidjigal man and resistance leader for whom the suburb is named – in this multiscreen, surround sound installation.
13 February to 27 March 2021

Eleni: Navigators of Polynesia: As emigration and rising water levels from global warming threaten to erase the traditional Tokelauan lifestyle, Faraimo Paulo has embarked on a mission to realistically capture on canvas the culture, stories and scenes of Tokelauan society, often using his family members as models. This exhibition represents a major survey of Faraimo Paulo’s recent work. Click here to learn more.
6 March – 3 April 2021

Click here to check out our full program.

Images:
Left to right:
1. This engraving by James Grant of ‘Pimbloy’ is believed to be the only known depiction of Pemulwuy (illustration courtesy National Library of Australia, from Grant’s ‘The narrative of a voyage of discovery, performed in His Majesty’s vessel the Lady Nelson, of sixty tons burthen, with sliding keels, in the years 1800, 1801 and 1802, to New South Wales’, 1803 – nla.cat-vn2312357)

2. Amy Toma in costume from Say Swear workshop series at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, September 2020. Photograph by Jade D’Amico

3. Courtesy of Faraimo Paulo

4. The Block by Dennis Golding

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