Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council is working with Gosford Council, local Aboriginal artists and primary schools in the region on an artwork installation which will be displayed along Terrigal Dr.
In an effort to promote indigenous art and culture on the Central Coast, Darkinjung has partnered with Gosford Council to transform the hoardings which line the footpath at Terrigal into a visual exhibition of Aboriginal art and history. The aim for this project is to strengthen the connection between Aboriginal heritage and culture – through art – within the Gosford City LGA.
This initiative has involved both indigenous and non-indigenous people in the community. Twenty schools in the Gosford LGA have been involved in the project, with local artists visiting each school to conduct a cultural session to educate students about Aboriginal culture, history and art. The artists worked alongside the students to design the artwork which will be installed on the hoardings. The culmination of this project will be a permanent outdoor artwork installation for the whole community to enjoy.
Darkinjung CEO Mr Sean Gordon said: “This project is not only about the importance of education and the evolution of Aboriginal culture within the Gosford community, it is also about engaging the community in the work that Darkinjung does. “We received an overwhelming response from schools who wished to be involved in the project and the feedback from these schools following the cultural sessions has been wonderful.
“This project has provided an amazing opportunity for our local Aboriginal artists to showcase their talent in what is going to be a stunning exhibition which will thrill young and old alike.” The installation of the artwork will take place to coincide with NAIDOC Week from July 6 to 13.
Media release, 29 May 2014