Images from the first Artist Camp, November 2014 © BNI Project
The Blacktown Native Institution Project
The historic Blacktown Native Institution was the site of a series of iterative and interlinked events in 2014 and 2015. Aboriginal artists, community members and leaders across a number of fields came together to develop a vision for the future, share and collect stories, and create new artworks.
The site was activated through two Artist Camps and a Corroboree celebration, which included on-site artworks, performances and ceremony. The project was a collaboration between C3West (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia), Blacktown Arts Centre (Blacktown City Council) and UrbanGrowth NSW.
This website has been established as a keeping place for the stories associated with the site and to facilitate interest, dialogue and engagement in the future possibilities of the site.
In 2015 this website received an award for “Best Indigenous Project or Keeping Place” at the Australian Museums and Galleries National Awards.