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Some images from the final event for the 2 year long project – Looking Through Windows.

Dr Lorina Barker, the project leader, presented an installation of the replica humpy on the grounds of Booloominbah, at the University of New England in mid December. Works from the exhibition hung in the functions/centre. Strange to see the works representing dispossession and removal hanging in what was once the home of white settler/colonisers.

It’s been an epic journey over the two years, recording stories and making a diverse range of works with the project team. From the dusty outback towns of Brewarrina and Bourke, to the New England towns ofArmidale, Uralla, Guyra, Inverell, so many elders and their families have told us stories of the old days on the Missions and Reserves – poignant and moving stories of the experience and effect of government policies that saw so many First Nations people removed from their homelands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The replica Humpy will tour into other communities, with plans to launch another project in which we will build a replica in each community, guided by the memories and stories of local elders and families. These structures are powerful repositories of stories of the lived experience of forced removal and dispossession of Aboriginal people in NSW. They, along with the songs, artworks and artefacts in the exhibition are important catalysts for conversations we still need to have in this country.

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.

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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 to summarise the work of the project.

Meantime the old humpy goes up one last time!

 

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Recently had the pleasure of attending a 2 day conference and workshop series at the Lieder Theatre in Goulburn. Visiting Polish theatre company, Teatr Brama, have been in Australia as part of the EU funded cultural project Caravan Next, sharing their methods and philosophy with Australian communities.

Some terrific performances were presented by Lieder and Brama, closing out the conference with a collaborative piece prepared in only the few days that Brama were there.

Great people, wonderful work and a timely provocation for me as I question my return to the world of theatre. Brama’s practice was a refreshing affirmation of my own thinking and practice as it’s developed over the last 40 years.

 

 

 

We near the date of the opening of the Looking Through Windows Exhibition in Sydney – November 14th.

 

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Still from aerial video of the Old Brewarina Mission site.

Team member Beth Macraild O’Loughlin is putting the finishing touches to the catalogue – this is a draft version she and Lorina are working on currently.

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Proud to have have a couple of pix featured by the Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Lands Council in their celebration of National Children’s Week. These were taken on an epic Return To Country trip with Harold Hunt and family.
“These two photos below are of Uncle Harold reconnecting with the 4th & 5th generation of his family.” – from their Facebook Page.
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