Place Projections illuminates Sydney’s Aboriginal history

Place Projections illuminates Sydney’s Aboriginal history

The first pillar of the City of Sydney’s Eora Journey, which will celebrate Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture through a series of new public artworks, is set to transform major buildings across the city.

Emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are being asked to take part in Place Projections, which will tell stories of Sydney’s rich Aboriginal heritage through video projections and other light-based artworks displayed on culturally significant sites, including Sydney Town Hall and the Australian Museum.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Eora Journey would send an important message to both Sydneysiders and visitors about the enduring importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

“When we consulted with the community about our city’s future, thousands of people told us they wanted to know more about Sydney’s rich Aboriginal history,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Our Eora Journey will tell these stories in a captivating and meaningful way, creating a series of new permanent artworks that celebrate the world’s oldest living culture and its significance to Sydney.

“The City has already set aside more than $5 million in its 10-year financial plan to implement the first stages of this important project, and we will continue to seek support from state and federal governments to make the journey a reality.

“I encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Sydney and beyond to submit proposals for Place Projections.

“This is an opportunity to highlight the sometimes hidden history of some of Sydney’s most significant Aboriginal sites and create a highly visible presence of that this culture in the heart of the city.”

More than 60 sites of significance to Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities were identified in the City’s landmark 2010 publication, Barani Barabugu. Eight of these have been proposed as locations for Place Projections:

  • Australian Hall – 152 Elizabeth Street;
  • The Australian Museum – 6-8 College Street;
  • Former Aborigine’s Welfare Board, Chief Secretaries Building – 121 Macquarie Street;
  • Former Kerry and Co Photographers site – 308 George Street;
  • Trades Hall – 4-10 Goulburn Street;
  • Former Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs – 810-812 George Street;
  • Former Burlington Hotel – 431-439 Sussex Street; and
  • Sydney Town Hall – 483 George Street.

Other locations identified in Barani Barabugu or by the artist may also be proposed.

Submissions for Place Projections close on 12 February 2013. Up to five artists will be selected to further develop their proposal based on feedback and guidance from the Eora Journey’s curatorial adviser, Hetti Perkins, with up to three set to be installed by mid-year. It is anticipated that the works will be displayed for at least five years.

Other Eora Journey projects currently in development include:

  • Redfern Terrace, a community-based street art project that will transform the last remaining terrace on the corner of Hugo and Caroline streets in Redfern into a living museum that documents the lives of families on The Block; and
  • Hyde Park Memorial, a significant new public artwork in Hyde Park South that recognises the thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers who have served Australia in its war efforts.

Submissions for Place Projections close at 11am on Tuesday, 12 February 2013.
For more information or to apply, contact Anthony Manuatu on 02 9246 7623.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Officer Keeley Irvin.
Phone 0448 005 718 or email kirvin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin.
Phone 0477 310 149 or email jlarkin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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