Eora Journey

Eora Journey

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.

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.

Eora Journey
Monument for the Eora

Eora Journey economic development plan

Our first economic action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities sets an agenda for the City to work with communities, businesses and organisations over the next 10 years to achieve prosperity.

Monument for the Eora

Monument for the Eora

A major public artwork will honour the Eora, the Aboriginal people of Sydney, and recognise the Gadigal clan as the traditional custodians of the City of Sydney local area.

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.

 Yininmadyemi

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: Tuesday, 19 July 2016