Hi everyone in Perth,
Yesterday was the Regional and Remote Day plus a variety of workshops on a range of topics.
The highlight of the plenary session for me were a couple of stories regarding indigenous exhibitions and cultural places.
Lorraine Fitzpatrick and Maureen Dodd from the Gascoyne Aboriginal Cultural Centre here in WA gave a presentation on the journey they have travelled from the dream to the reality of the new Cultural Centre. They were able to highlight the successes, and also things that didn't work, the problems along the way and the lessons learnt.
Another presentation was from the Lake Macquarie Art Gallery on a post-sorry exhibition entitled Yapong Murrima. This was an exhibition developed as a response to the 2008 apology to the stolen generation. The exhibition was a combination of stories, documentation, and art works. It documents five aboriginal families whose lives had been affected by the stolen generation in differing ways. Together with several comtemporary, commissioned art pieces, including a powerful sound installation, the exhibition explores issues of censorship and sensitivity. A truly moving exhibition showing the power of art and documentation in telling important stories.
I spent the afternoon exploring the new Newcastle Maritime Museum, a volunteer run museum. Thanks to the two volunteers who showed us around, Peter and David, it made it a very informative and special visit.
Well more from me tomorrow on Day 2 and I will upload photographs as well.