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Koolark Korl Kadjan (Spiritual Return Home)

Selected works from The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection as part of the Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) Great Southern Regional Tour

Exhibition Opening and Screening:

Friday 18 September 2015 at 6.30pm
Welcome to Country and the Premier screening of the Koolark Korl Kadjan (Spiritual Return Home) documentary at the Katanning Town Hall, immediately followed by an exhibition viewing at the adjacent Katanning Art Gallery

Curtin AHEAD Program:

Curtin AHEAD will be running a series of free career and education activities for individuals and community groups from Monday 21 - Friday 25 September. To find out more and get involved visit



...remembering Carrolup
In conversation with Edith De Giambattista and Noelene White

remembering Carrolup, Selected Works: Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) has been curated in collaboration with Edith De Giambattista (née Smith) and Noelene White, both residents at the Carrolup Native Settlement in the late 1940s.

11 March 2015 12.30pm - 1.30pm
John Curtin Gallery

Gathering Oral Histories project manager Michelle Johnston
in conversation with Noelene White and Edith De Giambattista (née Smith)
Shared Stories: remembering Carrolup in the late 1940’s.




School children at one of the regular recreation evenings in the main classroom of the State School, Carrolup Native Settlement, with Noel and Lily White,
their children Ross and Jenny and visitors from Katanning at the back of the room, January 1950. Photograph by Noelene White, courtesy of the Noelene White Collection.

Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) Great Southern Tour
Selected works from The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork

Presented by the John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University
Memories of Carrolup

A public conversation Recollections from the Carrolup Native Settlement 1946–1950
featuring Maisie Weston (née Smith – sister of Carrolup child artist Barry Loo)
Edith De Giambattista (née Smith – who was in the classroom at Carrolup c1948-50) Noelene White (teacher Noel White’s daughter who was at Carrolup as teenager) and more...

Albany Town Hall, 217 York Street, Albany 10.30am – 1.00pm
Saturday 24 May 2014

Light refreshments will be provided





Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) Public Program

The Artistic Impact of Carrolup

Contemporary Noongar art practice is distinctive, richly influenced by the artistic traditions that emerged in the Carrolup Native Settlement in Western Australia's Great southern region in the 1940's. Many of the 'child artists' featured in the Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home), the Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Art exhibition continued painting after the Settlement closed including Reynold Hart, Allan Kelly and Revel Cooper. Their story, and the beautiful art they created still continues to influence subsequent generations of artists.

Featuring Dr Julian Goddard, Associate Professor, Head of School, School of Design and Art, Curtin University

Wednesday 16 October, 2013 12.30pm - 1pm
John Curtin Gallery

"When we came to Carrolup 3 1/2 years ago we found the children somewhat wild, very shy, very frightened of us. We just could not get through to them at all. We thought the position hopeless, and had almost decided to resign, when one day (about a week after our arrival) I saw a boy drawing some trees on a piece of brown paper. I patted his shoulder and, remarking they were very good, asked him how he would like to do some in colours if I got him the crayons. He looked at me for the first time, and just nodded his head. I bought some crayons and drawing paper and set them to work. Neither my wife nor I draw, so the children were left entirely to their own devices. We gave them two afternoons a week to develop their art in their own way, giving no advice or direction at all. We encouraged them by praising their work and taking a keen interest in it."
Noel White, Headmaster, Carrolup Native Settlement School, 1950.

Drawing on his extensive art history knowledge, Dr Julian Goddard will discuss how this small act sparked what is now known as the 'Carrolup Style' as seen in its earliest beginnings in Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home), and its significant impact on Noongar art practice today.

Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home), The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup artwork is open for viewing from 11am - 5pm.


Featuring artists Tjyllyungoo- Lance Chadd, Peter Farmer and Fay Farmer

Sunday 6 October, 2013 2.30pm - 4pm,
Bankwest Theatre, John Curtin Gallery

With reference to their own practice, contemporary Noongar artists Lance Chadd - Tjyllyungoo, Peter Farmer and Fay Farmer will discuss the lasting artistic and cultural impact the 'child artists' of Carrolup and the Carrolup Settlement have had on their lives.

Tjyllyungoo- Lance Chadd's artistic endeavors were encouraged from an early age family members who were well known landscape painters. His uncles Allan Kelly and Reynold Hart were artists of the famous Carrolup Settlement, and their style of depicting bush landscape greatly influenced his art.

Peter Farmer spent 11 years at Marribank in the 1970's & 80's with his parents Fay and Peter Farmer Snr. Recognised for his totemic paintings, Peter's earliest artistic influence was his mother's renowned hand painted silks and pottery created at Marribank. Together they will talk about their life at Marribank, and the personal and artistic creativity that comes through their family connections to Carrolup.

The talk includes light refreshments.
The Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup artwork is open for viewing from 1pm - 5pm.

Anonymous, Untitled, c1949, pastel on paper
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection

Join Noelene White, daughter of Noel and Lily White, as she discusses her recollections of her formative years at Carrolup with John Curtin Gallery Director, Chris Malcolm.

Sunday, 8 September 2013 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Bankwest Theatre, John Curtin Gallery

Noelene White in conversation with Chris Malcolm The Carrolup Native Settlement's Headmaster Noel White and his wife Lily, are universally acknowledged for their extraordinary humanity and inspired vision. They provided the opportunities for the children at Carrolup to create these artworks during their brief but remarkable tenure teaching at the Settlement's school from 1946-1951. When they arrived at Carrolup in May 1946, they found the conditions unacceptable and soon set about making changes for the benefit of all students - including the provision of new clothes, and overhauling the Settlement's kitchen to provide more nutritious meals for the children. Within a few weeks of their arrival, they discovered the power that art could play in these children's lives as a catalyst for transformation. This realisation heralded the beginning of this period of flourishing Noongar culture we have come to know as Carrolup Art.