Blacktown Native Institution: Corroboree

Leanne Tobin, It Starts Here Now, 2015, performance documentation, Blacktown Native Institution Artist Camp #2 (image courtesy and © the artist)

Celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal history and culture on one of Australia’s most important historical sites with the Blacktown Native Institution.

Due to the impact of recent heavy rain falls on the Blacktown Native Institution site, the Corroboree planned for Saturday 27 June has been postponed. The current condition of the site makes it inaccessible to both vehicles and people on foot. This decision has been made with the safety of participants and public as our primary concern. For further information contact Blacktown Arts Centre on 02 9839 6558 or Museum of Contemporary Art Australia on 02 9245 2400

Come and participate in free family activities including storytelling, children’s workshops and live music. Feast with us on traditional food and BBQ.

See new site-responsive artworks by artists Darren Bell, Karla Dickens, Steven Russell, Kristine Stewart, and Leanne Tobin – including projected portraits, suspended eel traps, performance and pyrotechnic installation.

The corroboree will feature performances by pioneering hip-hop artist Brothablack, roots and blues singer Krista Pav, the Mount Druitt Indigenous Children’s Choir, and storyteller Chris Burke (Yarramundi Kids).

About: The Blacktown Native Institution was a residential school for Aboriginal and Maori children that operated from 1823 to 1829. It is among the first known sites where Aboriginal children were removed from their parents and institutionalised – a practice that continued until the 1970s.

When: 3-7pm Saturday 27 June 2015
Where: Corner Rooty Hill Rd North and Richmond Rd, Oakhurst
Parking available on site. Bus 757 stops on Rooty Hill Rd North
Contact: email:
Blacktown Arts Centre Ph: 02 9839 6558


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