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Art and cultural workshops are available for groups of 15 or more people at only $3.30 per person per hour. Advance booking is essential. Activities for all ages are available.

 

Art Gallery

Discover contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art with changing exhibitions. We sell top quality, authentic Australian Aboriginal art all year round.

 

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News

JULY NEWS

1)Exhibition opening

The Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place (ACCKP) is once again hosting three new Aboriginal exhibitions. The opening is at 6pm on Thursday, 28th July. Prior to the opening will be the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Centre and the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM). The ACCKP’s new Public Programs committee made up of Curator Lloyd Hornsby who is also a renowned artist, a Program Coordinator Bevan Quinlin and a Public Program Committee made up of local Aboriginal community members will be introduced. The Public Programs team is being funded by Arts NSW.

The first exhibition is a body of work by Alison Williams. Alison has practiced art and taught for many years in the Clarence & Coffs regions and has won several art awards including the 2013 Coffs City Council NAIDOC community arts and culture award and the 2007 inaugural Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Prize with her painting Black Cowries Old Medicine.

This exhibition entitled, Stories from No Man’s Land are formative works from 2008 to 2015 which reflect ideas about identity and spirit. Alison’s ancestry as a Gumbaynggirr woman provides a centre of strength, from which she reaches beyond culture to raise awareness of truth and existence. Stories from No Man’s Land draws back the veils of dreams, revealing a journey of spirit inspired by travels through the physical world to Europe, Canada and at home in Corindi Beach on the North Coast of New South Wales.

Intrinsically important to Alison’s artistic journey was the journey made possible through being awarded the NSW Indigenous Art Fellowship in 2008, allowing her to travel overseas to Europe’s most famous galleries, absorbing culture from another place and time. The fellowship more importantly enabled Alison to complete a project of international scope, exhibiting with French Canadian artist and adjudicator, Marcel Debreuil and Canadian Aboriginal sculptor Irvin Head. The trio presented The Art of Dreaming, which revealed a delicate primitive thread that binds all living things.

Stories from No Man’s Land documents an exploration of self though story and dreams. The exhibition shares with the viewer a privileged view of inner thoughts and realms committed to canvas and paper. Memories of experience overseas and glimpses of Alison’s world both real and imagined appear throughout the work with stories of her lifetime and developments made over the last eight years.

The second exhibition called Jalumbo is a collection from Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre which is situated on red rock road, Corindi Beach, approximately 30 kms north of Coffs Harbour. This northern coastal lowlands is of Gumbaynggirr nation.

Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre’s gallery called the Wadjar Gallery opened in 1996 and is supported by Arts NSW, Industry & Investment NSW, Museums & Galleries NSW, Regional Arts and other funding bodies. The Gallery aims to be a centre of excellence in Aboriginal visual arts for the residents of and visitors to the mid North coast and Northern Rivers region to promote access to and the understanding and development of the Gumbaynggirr culture and coastal Aboriginal visual arts.

Wadjar Gallery houses the Jalumbo collection. Jalumbo meaning “Long time ago” is a collection of cultural material ranging from oral history recordings, photographs, archives and historical items of significance for the Gumbaynggirr people.

The third exhibition, Looking back 10 years to 2006 is a series of press releases, documenting important events that took place at the ACCKP in 2006. This retrospective exhibition illustrates the role of the ACCKP in providing a cultural awareness and cross-cultural learning facility throughout the New England region and restoring and keeping Aboriginal culture and heritage. Looking back 10 years to 2006 was curated by new Program Coordinator, Bevan Quinlin.  

 

 

2) HOLIDAY PROGRAM

The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place (ACCKP) is once again running the Holiday Program for primary school children from Monday, the 4th July to Friday, the 8nd July, 2016, 9.00am to 12 noon. This program is open to all children of primary school age.

 

The theme for the July holiday program is “Around the World in 5 Days”. Children will have the opportunity to learn and carry out activities surrounding the theme. Please see program below.

 

The cost for the morning tea, supervision, materials and activities will be covered by the ACCKP. This holiday program is being funded by NSW Government Education and Communities. Please complete the attached form and drop it off at the ACCKP by the 1st July, 2016 to ensure your child/children’s place is confirmed.

 

 

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

9.00-9.30

Introduction of Countries

 

Brazil

About  Brazil

Brazil history and geography for kids (short video)

Japan

About Japan

About Japan for kids (short video)

France

About France

Disneyland Paris, the complete tour of the parks

(short video)

India

About India

Tour of India (short video)

Egypt

About Egypt

Ancient Egypt for Kids: the Great pyramids (short video)

9.30-10.30

Art and Craft

 

Virtual field trip/Amazon Rainforest.

Making your own Amazon Rainforest

Origami

Make your own theme park

Cooking Bratha

 

Make cray pyramids and tombs

10.30-11.00

 

Morning tea

Morning tea

Morning tea

Morning tea

Morning tea

10.30-11.00

Story-telling

 

Famous Brazilian soccer players and “Soccer mad’ story

DIY Kimonos

French stories

Indian festivals

and children make-up their own festivals

Horrible histories of Egypt

11.00-11.30

Games

 

Soccer

Dance freeze

 

Pass the parcel

 

Human rickshaw game

 

Egyptian puzzles

 

 2) BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

The Black and White Photography Group will meet on Wednesday, 6th July, 2016 at 2pm. Please join us for afternoon tea and discussion of this month's theme: "Koori Sports." Please comment with your own photo submissions, and check out the other comments for some of the other photos for this month's theme!

 We look forward to welcoming you at the Centre.

 

Opening Hours

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Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm

Contact Details

Phone: (02) 6771 3606
Email: director@acckp.com.au
96-104 Kentucky Street Armidale

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