Community Development creates and maintains meaningful partnerships with the Aboriginal community, both locally in Western Australia and nationally, to promote a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture and history amongst the wider community.
Working with individuals, families, government and non-government organisations, a mutual understanding and respect is obtained through the delivery of key services and special projects. Some of these projects are detailed below:
A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS AND CURTIN UNIVERSITY
The formal transfer of custodianship of the Department of Aboriginal Affair’s Collection of Carrolup artworks, letters, photographs and artifacts to Curtin University.
In 2013, 122 artworks created in the late 1940’s by Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generations at Carrolup Native Settlement were repatriated from Colgate University in New York to Western Australia’s Curtin University. Known as the Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artworks, it is the largest collection of Carrolup works that exists anywhere in the world. Through Curtin University’s stewardship and the establishment of the Carrolup Elders Reference Group, made up of family members of the children artists, the collection has become an important cultural and educational resource both locally and globally.
In 2015 a number of significant Carrolup items were identified at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Recognising the importance of housing these items alongside the Herbert Mayer collection at Curtin, and in line with their mandate of preservation and access, the Department partnered with Curtin University to transfer the custodianship of these precious artworks, letters, photographs and artifacts in their care, to Curtin University.
These artworks are profoundly important historical and cultural artifacts from the Stolen Generations and shine like a beacon of hope from this dark period in our history. This partnership has ensured the continued sharing of these stories and increasing of awareness of our valuable cultural and historical resources is acknowledged and preserved for future generations to come.
As custodians of the collection, Curtin University is committed to sharing, researching and preserving the collection for future generations.
THEY SERVED WITH HONOUR: AN EXHIBITION
A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS AND EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY
Held at Edith Cowan University Joondalup Art Gallery from 26 April – 22 June 2016, They Served With Honour: The Exhibition commemorates ANZAC Centenary 2015-2018. Click here to find out more about this project.
Pictured above: Peter Farmer’s artwork commission by Edith Cowan University based on the Department’s publication They Served With Honour. Each red poppy represents and commemorates those Western Australian Aboriginal servicemen who fought at Gallipoli. Peter is a prominent Noongar artist and descendant of Larry and Lewis Farmer who are featured in the publication.
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