7th June - 23rd July 2018

The Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place is opening three new exhibitions at 6pm on Thursday, 7th June 2018. The first exhibition entitled Making Old Markings New is a project developed by Arts North West. The second exhibition entitled Looking Beyond the 1838 Massacre is an exhibition about the Myall Creek Massacre and the subsequent erection of the Memorial.The final exhibition entitled Because of her we can is a collection of artefacts used by Aboriginal women.

Making Old Markings New is a project developed to support professional and skills development of four Anaiwan and Kamilaroi artists, observed and supported by a Kamilaroi Elder and an Aboriginal Project Manager, to re-connect and re-build their regional cultural identity. The four artists worked with experts at two museums in Sydney being the Australian Museum and the Macleay Museum as well as the University of New England to explore objects and mark making traditions from the New England North West along with visiting Rock Art sites in the New England. It culminated in an e-resource and now an exhibition of works by three of the artists, Rod McIntosh, Adele Chapman-Burgess and Lorrayne Riggs. This exhibition will help community artists to apply this rediscovered knowledge to their professional contemporary arts practice.

The artists involved in this project are committed to developing their knowledge and dedicated to showing anew the richness and strength of culture in their work and to share their journey and discoveries in an appropriate way through the correct protocols.

The second exhibition, Looking Beyond the 1838 Massacre explores the history of the Myall Creek Memorial as a site of remembrance and acknowledgement of a shared history and of reconciliation. This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with the Myall Creek and Beyond program at the New England Regional Art Museum. Looking Beyond the 1938 Massacre is made up of three parts. The first part illustrates what happened in 1838 when white settlers murdered 28 Aboriginal men, women and children near Myall Creek Station. The second part of the exhibition is about the Memorial which was dedicated to raise awareness of the Massacre. The final part is made up of a reading area with books about the massacre, a digital area where visitors can view videos of reenactments of the massacre and a reflection corner where visitors can put pen to paper on their thoughts about the Massacre and Memorial.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Because of her, we can’. The theme has been chosen to celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made and continue to make to our communities, families and nation. The ACCKP is opening an exhibition also entitled Because of her, we can to coincide with this year’s NAIDOC celebrations. It is a collection of artefacts that Aboriginal women use and used in their daily life.  Each object is presented with a statement of cultural significance and educational notes for teachers to use when discussing these objects in their classes.

The exhibitions will be on display until the 23rd July. The public and schools are invited to attend the opening and view the exhibitions. 

Workshops

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.

 

Gift Shop

Buy an authentic Australian gift for yourself or a loved one from our wide variety of stock such as didgeridoos, jewellery, clothes, decorated pots, prints, greeting cards and a large selection of genuine Aboriginal souvenirs.

Echinda Café

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