Diary Note: MEDIA PIC OPP: Launch of new public artwork at The Block in Redfern

WHAT: A striking new mural covering an entire terrace house in Redfern will soon stand as a landmark and monument to the neighbourhood’s Aboriginal history, activism, community and culture.

Welcome to Redfern, by internationally celebrated artist Reko Rennie – who also transformed the T2 building at Taylor Square – and a group of local young Aboriginal artists, are transforming a Victorian-era terrace at The Block with vibrant graphic designs and murals of inspiring Aboriginal leaders.

Reko and the young artists will be putting the finishing touches to the building and will be available for photographs and interviews.

The artwork will be officially launched at a public event on Saturday 23 March 2013.

WHEN: 10am TUESDAY 12 March 2013.

WHERE: Redfern Terrace, 36 Caroline Street, Redfern.

WHO: Lord Mayor Clover Moore, artist Reko Rennie and young Aboriginal artists.

The Redfern terrace mural marks the beginning of the City of Sydney’s visionary Eora Journey program.

When the City was developing its Sustainable Sydney 2030 program, we consulted with the community and they told us they wanted more recognition in the public domain of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

The Redfern Terrace is one of seven major public art projects the City is embarking on for the Eora Journey, and the temporary mural, Welcome to Redfern, is the first stage of that project.

The terrace will eventually house a living museum of Redfern and The Block, a former Aboriginal housing estate, bounded by Caroline, Hugo, Eveleigh and Vine streets, an important area in the life of Aboriginal peoples in Sydney.


For media enquiries, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus phone 0467 803 815 or email jminus@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au