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Past Exhibitions

 

2015

 

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: Saturday 19 September - 10 October 2015
Katanning Art Gallery

16-24 Austral Terrace, Katanning, WA
Phone (08) 9821 9999 | free admission
For further details please visit: facebook.com/johncurtingallery

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 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 curtin.edu.au/ahead

The John Curtin Gallery presents the latest exhibition of Carrolup artworks as part of the Great Southern Regional Tour of the Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) project. These artworks were created by Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generations at the Carrolup Native Settlement’s School between 1946-1950. The tour aims to bring communities together to share their stories and reflect on the events that have occurred throughout Carrolup’s history. Through the exhibition we can understand the sadness of the past and be inspired to work together to achieve healing and enduring reconciliation. 2015 marks the centenary of the establishment of the Carrolup Native Settlement.

The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was generously donated to Curtin University in May 2013 for educational and research purposes by Colgate University, Hamilton New York, USA.

Image: Barry Loo, Bounding for Home 1950. Watercolor and ink on paper. 302 x 505mm

 





Attributed to Keith Indich, The Colours of the Setting Sun c1949.
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection.


Selected works: Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home)

Curated in collaboration with Edith De Giambattista and Noelene White.
Thursday 12 February – Sunday 22 March 2015

On a bitterly cold, windy day in late May 1946, twelve year old Noelene White arrived at the Carrolup Native Settlement after a two day journey from the tiny railway siding of Narngulu, east of Geraldton. The long trip south to the mysterious ‘Carrolup’ was quite the adventure for Noelene and her two younger siblings – arriving with their parents under a grey sky, wide-eyed with little understanding of their destination. Her father, Noel White, with her mother Lily, had decided to relocate their family south to Carrolup, heeding the impassioned plea of former Carrolup teacher Coral Elliot in December 1945…this proved to be a momentous decision…

One day, in November 1948, a large open backed truck pulled up without warning at the Kojonup farm where twelve year-old Edith Smith (De Giambattista) was living with her extended family. Strangers emerged from this unfamiliar vehicle and in spite of the protests of her outraged grandfather, the frightened Edith was abruptly lifted up onto the back of the truck and driven eastwards to the Carrolup Native Settlement without any explanation whatsoever. She would remain there, against her will, until January 1950…

65 years later these two remarkable women have come together to reflect upon their contrasting experiences of this place during this same period in the late 1940s.
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was generously donated back to Noongar Country by Colgate University in 2013. It was a momentous occasion, which rekindled Noelene and Edith’s friendship.

Through Noelene and Edith’s mutual respect and many shared memories, their selection of artworks enables us to appreciate just how significant the astonishing period of unbridled creativity was between 1946 and 1950. Noel and Lily White’s teaching at the Carrolup School, during this period, provided the spark that ignited the beacon we now know generations later as Carrolup Art.
We are proud to continue to share this important legacy.

The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was generously donated to Curtin University in May 2013 for the purposes of research and education by Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA.

 


 

2014

 


Image: Anonymous, On with the Dance, c.1949, pastel and graphite on paper
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection.

Koolark Koort Koorliny
(Heart Coming Home)

Selected works from The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork

GREAT SOUTHERN REGIONAL TOUR
Albany Town Hall, Albany
24 May - 29 June 2014
Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm

 

The John Curtin Gallery proudly presents the Great Southern Regional Tour of artwork selected from The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork. This recently rediscovered collection of artwork, by Aboriginal children from the Stolen Generations, was created between 1946 and 1950 at the Carrolup Native Settlement in Western Australia’s Great Southern region.

The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was formally transferred to Curtin University from Colgate University, Hamilton, New York in May 2013 after consultations involving senior Elders of the Noongar community and the Mungart Boodja Art Centre.

These artworks are an important part of the cultural heritage and history of this nation. The generous return of this collection to Australia by Colgate University will ensure the on-going conservation, preservation and presentation of this collection for future generations, whilst recognising the special significance these works hold for all Noongar people of Western Australia.

To view these rare and significant works, visit the Albany Town Hall, 24 May - 29 June 2014.

The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was generously donated to Curtin University, Perth, in May 2013 for educational and research purposes by Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA.

 

 

 

 

 


 

2014

Revel Cooper

Curated by Julian Goddard
16 May–6 July 2014 John Curtin Gallery

 

The John Curtin Gallery presents an exhibition examining the career of significant Noongar artist Revel Cooper. A child of the Stolen Generations, Cooper was sent to the Carrolup Native Settlement in the 1940s. Between 1946-1950, under the tutelage of Headmaster Noel White, Cooper began painting and along with his fellow students, achieved international critical acclaim. Cooper’s adult life was blighted by repeated incarceration, but he continued to make art and is acknowledged as being a formative influence on later generations of indigenous artists. Cooper not only produced many of his distinctive works in prison, he taught other inmates, some of whom went on to forge prominent artistic careers. Outside of prison, he is also known to have influenced the style of celebrated artist Lin Onus. Arguably one of the most under-acknowledged of the adult Carrolup artists, this exhibition explores Cooper’s role as a powerful storyteller and a significant political voice, speaking out against discrimination and injustice in an effort to preserve Noongar culture.


Image: Revel Cooper, Untitled, c 1949, pastel on paper, 183 x 247mm
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection.

 

 


 

2013

Reynold Hart, A Native Corroboree, c1949, pastel on paper, 75 x 110cm,
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection

Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home)
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork

2 August - extended until the 20 October 2013
Final viewing, 24 October

The John Curtin Gallery would like to forewarn all viewing this webpage that it features the works and names of artists who are now deceased.

The John Curtin Gallery proudly presents an exhibition of recently rediscovered artworks created between 1945 and 1951 by Aboriginal children from the Stolen Generations at the Carrolup Native Settlement in Western Australia’s Great Southern region.

The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was formally transferred to Curtin University from Colgate University, New York in May 2013. This followed negotiations between Colgate, Curtin, senior elders of the Noongar community in the Great Southern region and the Mungart Boodja Art Centre.

Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) - The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, celebrates the return to Western Australia of these extraordinary works, created as part of an inspired teaching program devised to alleviate the suffering of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their parents and incarcerated at Carrolup in accordance with the Government’s policy of assimilation in the late 1940s.


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