Culture Guide May 28 – June 3: Reconciliation Week

May 27th 2018
Monday 28th May

The Black Market: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Audiences

Presented by SAMAG and MAAS on Reconciliation Day, this panel discussion explores the potential and benefits of connecting with Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences and ways that producers of Indigenous cultural content might consider marketing to non-Indigenous stakeholders.

WHAT: Panel discussion
WHEN: 6 – 8pm
HOW MUCH: $20 – Tickets available here.

Black Mist Burnt Country

This award-winning national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists commemorates the British atomic tests in Maralinga, Emu Field, and the Montebello Islands, and examines the impact on people and land, as well as its on-going legacies.  Selected from public and private collections, the exhibition features works by Arthur Boyd, Rosemary Laing, Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown,  Judy Watson, and more.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 9am – 5pm until July 29th
WHERE: Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.


SNAP *CLICK* SHOT,  latest Karul Projects work choreographed by Thomas E.S. Kelly. It’s exploring snapshots of Australia’s history from creation, pre colonisation, flora and fauna life, post colonisation, and the future vision that we can come together and create a society that embraces the stories of the land.

WHEN: May 25 – June 2
WHERE:PACT, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville
HOW MUCH: $20-$25, more info here

Tuesday 29th May

Barambah: Cherbourg Exhibition Launch

Supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program, this exhibition showcases stories and ceramic works created by Aboriginal elders associated with the Cherbourg Mission in Queensland.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: 10 – 11:30am, exhibition continues until June 29th.
WHERE: Bankstown Arts Centre, Bankstown.
HOW MUCH: Free but bookings essential! More details here.


Riverside Theatres is presenting a limited run of Stolen: A must see for all Australians. Insightful and moving, Stolen tells the stories of five individuals from the Stolen Generations. Directed by Vicki Van Hout, the production will then tour through NSW with Arts OnTour.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: May 29th – June 1st
WHERE: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.
HOW MUCH: $30-$49 – Tickets available here.

Wednesday 30th May


Head down to the National Art School for the opening night of ‘Measured Response’ – an exhibition curated by Emily McDaniel. Bringing together contemporary Aboriginal perspectives that engage with spiritual practices of art-making, the works aim to demonstrate how our relationship to the world is calibrated through our bodily dimensions.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: 6 – 8pm
WHERE: National Art School, Darlinghurst.
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.


‘Sorry for Your Loss’ presents a collaborative, community driven, and multi-sensory installation work that gives voice to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have lost their lives in custody. “We are more then statistics, we are mothers, sisters and daughters. We have belonging, family and place. Our absence does not go unnoticed, we do not just disappear, we will be remembered.” Created by Jumbunna Research, this is one not to miss.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: 6 – 9pm, exhibition continues until June 10th.
WHERE: Boomalli Gallery, Leichhardt
HOW MUCH: Free! More information here.

Indigenous Sustainability Practices and Processes

Gundungurra Aboriginal elder and inspirational leader of the Bushcare Group community, David King, will present a public forum focusing on Australian Aboriginal sustainability practices and processes. The discussion will be informative and illuminating; exploring issues of food wastage, food justice and the ethical and environmental challenges of food security.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: 5 – 6:30pm
WHERE:  The Quandrangle, University of Sydney, Camperdown
HOW MUCH: Free but bookings essential! More details here.


Come to Golden Age Cinema tonight for a one-off screening, presented by the New South Wales Reconciliation Council, of Paul Damien Williams’ enigmatic ode to the late, great musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Born blind but with a natural talent for exquisite instrumentation, this new documentary is a stirring celebration of the musician’s career, personal life, and rich tenor vocals.

WHAT: Film
WHEN: 6:20pm
WHERE: Paramount House, Surry Hills.
HOW MUCH: $21 – Tickets available here.

Thursday 31st May


An exhibition that celebrates twenty years of a groundbreaking touring exhibition, featuring Aboriginal paintings from the collection of Helen Read, a collector of Aboriginal art who began her artistic journey as a midwife and pilot for the Pintupi Homelands Health Service in the Gibson Desert.  The exhibition includes paintings from Central Australia, ochres from the Kimberley and Raark compositions from Arnhem Land.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Open until July 8th
WHERE: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly.
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.


Presented by the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion and UTS Library, ‘Servant or Slave’ is an emotional and confronting insight into the history and legacy of the domestic servitude enforced upon Aboriginal girls in Australia. Come for the film but stay for the yarning circle discussion with UTS Elder in Residence Aunty Joan Tranter.

WHAT: Film
WHEN: 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: UTS Library, Haymarket.
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Friday 1st June


Step inside Urban Theatre Projects’ brand new, state-of-the-art ‘Blak Box’ and experience the First Peoples’ concept of ‘deep listening’. Curated by Daniel Browning and entitled ‘HumEchoChorus’, the works bring together a moving range of contemporary Aboriginal voices to respond to the past (echo), present (hum) and future (chorus) of the Barangaroo site.

WHAT: Installation
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo
HOW MUCH: Free but bookings essential! More details here.


‘Eora – Dark Emu’ is a large-scale projection, designed especially for the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s Southern Pylon, which marries Aboriginal history, dance, art and architecture in a striking visual aesthetic. Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name, ‘Dark Emu’ explores how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interacted with the land before colonisation.

WHAT:  Installation
WHEN: 6-11pm, until June 16th
WHERE: Vivid Sydney Audio Trail, The Rocks.
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Saturday 2nd June


Catch one of two free screenings of Sweet Country, an Australian ‘western’ set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s – directed by Warwick Thornton. This award-winning film presents a story of justice itself being put on trial, when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Added bonus? Refreshments and a BBQ will be accompany the first screening courtesy of the Dharawal Men’s Aboriginal Corporation.

WHAT: Film
WHEN: 2pm & 5:30pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown,
HOW MUCH: Free but bookings essential! More details here.

Malparara Way - Friends Like Us!

‘Malparara Way – Friends like us!’ is an exhibition and fundraising event presenting work from Sarah Brown, artist and CEO of Purple House – an innovative Indigenous-owned and run health service operating from its base in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Her renditions of the deep blue desert sky and intense red of the desert sands capture the energy and sparkle of the country are for sale, with all exhibition proceeds going towards funding the first dialysis unit on the APY Lands.

WHAT: Exhibition/Fundraiser
WHEN: 3 – 5pm
WHERE: APY Collective, Darlinghurst.
HOW MUCH: Free but bookings essential! More details here.

Sunday 3rd June


This documentary sees legendary Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil giving his audience first-hand insight into the confusions and chaos that occur in the clash between his relationships to the Yolngu people and that of the prevailing Australian culture. A must-see, the film thoughtfully and elegantly considers, from the inside, the ramifications of one culture being dominated by another.

WHAT: Film
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Govindas Cinema & Restaurant, Darlinghurst.
HOW MUCH: $40- Tickets available here.

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