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.
In September 2015 the City invited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to submit proposals for a major public artwork to honour the Eora.
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
We have developed our first economic action plan to focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the Eora Journey economic development plan. We developed this plan in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The plan outlines how we can work with communities and businesses over the next 10 years to achieve prosperity. It includes steps to support business owners, entrepreneurs and jobseekers. We invited your comments on the draft plan from 23 May to 18 July 2016. The feedback we received will be used to prepare a report for Council.
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.
Last updated: Tuesday, 19 July 2016