Come together with community and artists on the historic site of the Blacktown Native Institution to celebrate living Aboriginal cultures with new performance, sculpture and interactive artworks.
Saturday 9 June 2018, 4-8pm
Location: Blacktown Native Institution site Corner Rooty Hill Rd North and Richmond Rd, Oakhurst
Limited parking available onsite with access via Richmond Road. A bus to the site will be leaving Blacktown Arts at 3.30pm and returning following the event.
Free BBQ and drinks
Working with local communities, artists Tony Albert, Sharyn Egan and Moogahlin Performing Arts have responded to the site’s importance as a place of ceremony and culture and its history as the location of the Blacktown Native Institution.
Tony Albert is working with a group of Blacktown young people to create Gubangala Gumadangyiningi (Let’s honour his/her spirit), an artwork that reaches across time to share positive memories and create a new future for the site.
Working with Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation and local weavers, Sharyn Egan is creating seven large-scale flannel flowers as a memorial to the Institution’s residents.
Moogahlin Performing Arts are working with elders and local dance groups to create manuwi jam ya murong (footprints in the sand), a multi-faceted performance installation honouring local customs and growing up Aboriginal in Western Sydney.
Everybody is invited to experience these major new commissions responding to the site, each made in collaboration with the local community.
2018 Project | About the artists
Tony Albert, a Kuku Yalanji man from north-east Queensland, was a founding member of the Queensland Indigenous art collective proppaNOW and works across drawing, painting, photography and installation. Albert has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France (2014); Singapore Art Museum (2013); National Museum of China, Beijing (2013); and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2011). He was also included in the 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009) and Dark Heart, the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. His commissioned artwork for the Hyde Park War Memorial in Sydney commemorating Indigenous soldiers, YININMADYEMI Thou didst let fall, was unveiled on Anzac Day in 2015.
Sharyn Egan is a Nyoongar woman living and working in Perth. She is a painter, natural fibre weaver and sculptor whose work is informed by experiences of loss and displacement shared by many Aboriginal people. Her recent exhibitions include When the Sky Fell, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2017, and Open House: Third Tamworth Textile Trienniale, 2017. Her major public artworks include a land art collaboration with Elaine Cocherty for South Perth, 2017, and woven playscapes for Perth Stadium, 2018.
Moogahlin Performing Arts
Moogahlin Performing Arts Incorporated was formed in Redfern NSW in November 2007, in honour of the late Kevin Smith’s request, and in memory of the founding members of Black Theatre. Moogahlin’s Co-Artistic Directors are Frederick Copperwaite, Lily Shearer and Liza-Mare Syron. Moogahlin aims to create and tell community-based stories, develop a comprehensive youth theatre and produce distinctive, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary performance works. Recent projects include Broken Glass, co-produced with Blacktown Arts for Sydney Festival 2018, and Fire Bucket presented at Sydney Festival 2017.
The BNI project website is home to historical information and personal stories regarding the Blacktown Native Institution. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders please note that this website contains material that refers to people who have died.
We acknowledge the Darug people as the traditional owners of the land of the Blacktown Native Institution and pay our respects to elders past and present.