Eora Journey

Eora Journey

Monument for the Eora

The City of Sydney is now seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists for a major artwork to honour the traditional custodians of Sydney.

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Eora Journey

The Eora Journey is a visionary project that celebrates the living culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Sydney. 'Eora' means 'the people' in the Gadigal language, so the Eora Journey is 'the people's journey', which is made up of 4 projects being undertaken by the City of Sydney.

1. Recognition in the public domain

We will work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create 7 major public art projects symbolising the Eora Journey.

The projects that are part of the broader City Art public art program are detailed in the table below the video, which will be overseen by curatorial advisor Hetti Perkins.

2. A significant event

We will develop a signature Aboriginal event to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

The City currently provides support for a range of events that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture, from the Yabun festival held on 26 January in Victoria Park each year and the inaugural Corroboree festival in 2013 to local NAIDOC Week events.

3. An economic development plan

The economic development plan will address the community's access to education and training opportunities as well as issues associated with business investment, enterprise development and employment.

4. An Aboriginal Knowledge and Cultural Centre

We will investigate and advocate for a centre to provide opportunities for employment, tourism and the development of sustainable industry and enterprises, which will also promote cultural understanding among Sydneysiders and visitors.

Eora Journey art projects

Art curator and writer Hetti Perkins and architect Julie Cracknell were appointed by the City in 2010 to undertake an international review of cultural interpretation to help guide the development of the recognition in the public domain program.

To date, the City has launched 3 of the 7 art projects to take place over a 10-year period.

Main image: Artist Reko Rennie, 'Always Was, Always Will Be' at Taylor Square, Darlinghurst. Photo credit: Sharon Hickey.

Eora Journey
Redfern Terrace

Redfern Terrace

The terrace itself holds many stories – and secrets – from its previous life. The Redfern Terrace is a street art project building on a long tradition of sharing stories through art.

Place Projections

Place Projections

Images of Aboriginal women are projected onto the wall of the Australian Museum for 3 months from November 2013 featuring women draped in cloth imbued with traces of mineral and plant specimens.


Artwork honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women

'Yininmadyemi' – Thou didst let fall, is an artwork that reminds Aboriginal artist Tony Albert of how his grandfather and fellow service people were treated differently to their white comrades after the war.

Stories of war and peace wanted for Oral Histories

Stories of war and peace wanted for Oral Histories

Former and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women are sought to share their stories of war and peace for a special oral history project. Aboriginal artist and curator Fabri Blacklock will select up to 20 stories to take pride of place on the City of Sydney’s new website, Oral Histories.

Last updated: Friday, 4 September 2015