We have a range of programs to interest you. Please take a moment to browse through our great programs
The Centre holds bi-monthly art exhibitions. Some of these exhibitions are for sale while others are not. The ACCKP has a database of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists from Armidale, Guyra, Tamworth, Kempsey, Lismore, Moree, Manila, Gunnedah, Newcastle, Brisbane and other surrounding areas.
The Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place (ACCKP) runs activities for primary school children during school holidays. The program consists of either fun or/and Aboriginal cultural activities that run for 1 week of each of the holidays. This program is open to all children (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) of primary school age. There is no cost involved. Cost for the activities, materials, instructor/s, supervision and morning tea is borne by the ACCKP. Morning tea is usually fruit, hot food (eg hot pies, spring roll, sausage rolls, etc), a sweet food (eg. lamingtons, cake or biscuits) and juice. The ACCKP Holiday Program is funded by DoCS. Due to funding constraints, places are limited so booking is essential. The program is run from 9am to 12 noon.
Art and cultural workshops
The Centre runs workshops for schools and clubs and organisations through the year where people are exposed to Aboriginal culture through interesting activities which include a tour of the Centre, Aboriginal painting, boomerang throwing, face painting using orche, objects making with Aboriginal tools, jewellery, bush tucker walk and Aboriginal dreamtime story. Of late we have had schools from as far as Sydney, Walcha, Tamworth, Glen Innes, Guyra, Uralla and Inverell attend workshops at the Centre.
The Centre has a history room, lifestyle section and an archeological section. It also houses the Tingha Green Valley Collection. The history room houses the Centre photographic collections, newsletters, documents pertaining to the history of the ACCKP and the Centre’s book collection. The archeological section has on display stone and wooden artifacts. This includes artifacts from the New England region, wider NSW and Queensland. The lifestyle section has on display the Tingha Green Valley Collection.
Individual Aboriginal family history information is available for those interested in researching their family history. The ACCKP currently has electronic files of 240 family names with information, photographs, newspaper articles, etc.