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.City Art
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.
Last updated: Friday, 4 September 2015