Historic art returns home Barry Loo, On the Alert, ca 1949, pastel on paper, 75.8 x 75.7cm, The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection
Barry Loo, Bounding for home, c1950, Watercolour and black ink on paper, 302mm x 505mm, The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection
Reynold Hart, A Native Corroborree, c1949, pastel on paper, 750mm x 284mm, The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection
Anonymous, The Golden Road, c1949, pastel on paper, The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection.
TweetFacebookA special exhibition of the regions Aboriginal history will be on display in Katanning from September showcasing art from children of the ‘Stolen Generation.’
The exhibition is part of the Great Southern Regional Tour of the Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) project.
It is being held in Katanning from September 19 to October 10, to commemorate the centenary of the establishment of the nearby Carrolup Native Settlement.
The works of art were painted by children at Carrolup Native School and Settlement between 1945 and 1951, and will be on display after being repatriated from the United States.
After being exhibited internationally the works had been gifted in 1966 to Colgate University in New York, by art collector and alumnus Herbert Mayer and were only recently found.
After being exhibited again in the US, the art pieces were gifted to Curtin University in 2013.
The gift of the artwork was the result of more than a year of discussion between Colgate and Curtin, and consultation with representatives from the Mungart Boodja organisation.
Mungart Boodja organisation CEO, Ezzard Flowers, said the community was pleased to see the historic art returned to its country of origin.
“It is a time for celebration in Noongar country and in Western Australia. We are very grateful to our friends at Colgate who understand how much this means to us,” he said.
“We are grateful that Colgate sees the deep and enduring value in returning the art to Noongar country,” Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jeanette Hacket said.
TheCarrolup Elders Reference Group( CERG) was formed in 2014 to provide guidance on how to best utilise the Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup artwork, after CurtinUniversity identified that it was critical to have Noongar community input on the artworks.
CERG recommended how the Collection should be made accessible for the purpose of viewing, study, education and research by the academic community, researchers, the Nyungar people and the wider public.
Membership of the CERG includes those having a strong connection with the School – Carrolup (and Marribank) – or who have a strong connection to the artworks.
Koolark Korl Kadjan aims to bring communities together to share their stories, so we can all reflect upon the events that have occurred throughout Carrolup’s history to understand the sadness of the past and, through celebrating this unique collection of artwork, be inspired to work together to achieve healing and enduring reconciliation.
The exhibition will be supported by selected voices and memories of people who lived at Carrolup as well as their descendants and family members captured in oral histories and a short documentary by Dr Michelle Johnston and Professor Anna Haebich from Curtin University’s School of Media Culture and Creative Arts.
The Great Southern Regional Tour will also comprise tours of The Kodja Place museum, Kojonup which will feature voices, photographs art and objects from Kojonup’s Noongar and non-Aboriginal settler cultures.
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