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The Aboriginal Child Artists of Carrolup
Arts, Education, Health & Wellbeing, History, Human Rights, Indigenous, Social Justice, Youth
Our project involves the production of a feature length documentary focused on the Story of the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup, one of the most important post-colonisation stories of the Noongar people of South West Australia. The documentary will be supported by a unique Storytelling, Education and Healing web-based resource that contains a wealth of content focused on the Story and related issues.When teacher Noel White arrived at Carrolup Native Settlement in Western Australia (WA) in 1946, he was unable to communicate with the traumatised Aboriginal children as they were so fearful. The children had been removed from their families as part of government policy and lived in squalid conditions. Mr White connected with the children and inspired them to create beautiful artworks that gained public acclaim. They also displayed outstanding educational, musical and sporting achievements.Seventy-one-year old Englishwoman Mrs Florence Rutter was so captivated by the children and their art after visiting Carrolup, she asked the government if she could promote the art. They agreed. In 1950, whilst Mrs Rutter was exhibiting the artworks to much public acclaim in Europe, Mr White faced intensified jealousies and conflicts with other white staff at Carrolup. The government closed the school at the end of the year.The children’s dreams of a better future were shattered by this closure, and by the adversities they faced in a white-dominated society that considered them 'inferior'. The dreams of one artist, Revel Cooper, became a nightmare when he faced a charge of murder in the state’s Supreme Court.The Carrolup Story has never been told in full. It is a Story which shows the resilience of Noongar children in the face of considerable adversity. The children’s talents and achievements challenged the foundation of a government’s racist policies. Their art inspired four generations of Noongar artists.The film will in part be based on the book Aboriginal Child Artists of Carrolup written by David Clark, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, and John Stanton, former Director of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, to be published in early 2019. It will provide insights into John Stanton’s 40- year journey investigating the Carrolup Story, which included helping bring back to WA part of Mrs. Rutter’s ‘lost’ Carrolup collection from the USA that was exhibited in Katanning in 2006. The Carrolup Story still unfolds today.The film will involve a narrator; interviews with Noongar Elders and artists, survivors of Carrolup, and other Noongar people; experts in the field of healing trauma; the voices of actors, and re-enactments.Our web-based resource will contain a wealth of content (film, text, audio) related to the Story, galleries of our ‘assets’ (artworks, photos, documents, letters, etc), and education about the healing of trauma.
Arts, Community, Disability, Education, Health & Wellbeing, History, Human Rights, Indigenous, Refugees, Social Justice, Welfare, Youth
“If you don't accept people can change ~ no one has an incentive to change..." Myuran Sukumaran (17 April 1981 – 29 April 2015) was an Australian who was convicted in Indonesia of drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, Sukumaran was arrested in a room at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta with three others. Police found 334 g (11.8 oz) of heroin in a suitcase in the room. According to court testimonies of convicted drug mules, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were the co-ringleaders of the heroin-smuggling operation from Indonesia to Australia. After a criminal trial, Sukumaran was sentenced on 14 February 2006 by the Denpasar District Court to execution by firing squad. Australian death-row prisoner Myuran Sukumaran made a personal appeal for mercy to Joko Widodo, painting a portrait of the Indonesian president and signing it with the words 'People Can Change'. After lodging an appeal against his sentence, this was initially dismissed by the Bali High Court. A judicial review conducted by the Indonesian Supreme Court on 6 July 2011 affirmed the death sentence. Sukumaran’s plea for clemency was rejected by the President of Indonesia on 30 December 2014, and Sukumaran was expected to face execution, together with Chan. The execution was carried out on 29 April 2015. Myuran Sukumaran led an art studio for his fellow prisoners during his time in Kerobokan prison, where he was mentored. Myuran taught English, computer, graphic design and philosophy classes to prisoners. The portrait of Mr Joko Widodo signed 'People Can Change' is his most recent work. He painted the oil on canvas artwork in Kerobokan prison in late January 2015, in his final weeks there before being transferred to Nusakambangan Island. Myu painted multiple self-portraits while on Nusakambangan. His final painting resembles a bleeding Indonesian flag. He was recently awarded an associate degree in fine arts by Curtin University. Myuran Sukumaran had his first major Australian exhibition at the Campbelltown Arts Centre in January 2017, curated by noted Australian artist, Ben Quilty. ‘Alone from night to night you'll find me Too weak to break these chains that bind me I need no shackles to remind me I'm just a prisoner, don't let me be a prisoner From one command I stand and wait now From one who's master of my fate now I can't escape for it's too late now I'm just a prisoner, don't let me be a prisoner.’
The Coming Back Out Ball Movie
Aged, Arts, Community, Disability, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, History, Human Rights, Indigenous, Social Justice, Welfare
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