Archive for December, 2018

Myall Creek and beyond book launch

Posted: December 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

The New England Regional Art Museum ( NERAM) last night launched the book that documents the Myall Creek and beyond exhibition that ran from June to October 2018. Front and centre is Bianca Beetson the curator, who assembled a wonderful team of artists who created powerful and beautiful work for the 180th Anniversary memorial year of the Myall Creek Massacre.

Bianca was recently awarded the inaugural ACHAA Award for excellence by an Aboriginal curator. To her right Rachael Parsons the current director at NERAM holds a copy of the book. Looking Through Windows colleague Beth Macraild O’Loughlin designed and produced the book  with photos from local photographer Simon Scott.

Also in the picture are Robert Heather former NERAM Director and initiator of the project, Adam Blakester and Adele Chapman-Burgess from Friends of Myall Creek. Great to be part of the team that worked on this.

We’re finishing up work for 2018, with the final event of Looking Through Windows project – an elders and community gathering on the lawns of Booloominbah at the University of New England.

It’s been an extraordinary 2 years of work lead by Dr Lorina Barker listening to and recording the stories of the people of far western NSW and New England whose lives and those of their families were affected by the policies of forced removal and dispossession, of life on the reserves and missions.

SVM and the team have shot hundreds of hours of video; thousands of photographs; recorded hours of audio interviews; and created dozens of artworks to record and give expression to the experience of remembering, gathering and sharing.

We close out the year celebrating our work and the people we’ve had the privilege to spend time with at the numerous workshops and gatherings in Bourke, Brewarrina, Guyra, Tingha and Armidale; three major public exhibitions and seminars and conference presentations.

Several short films will now be edited/produced in the new year to summarise the work of the project.

Meantime the old humpy goes up one last time!