Aboriginal Programs

From the Gallery and Aboriginal Reference Group

As a cultural institution, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery plays a key role in supporting cultural practice throughout the region. It is therefore fundamental that the gallery acknowledge and engage with the Aboriginal community as the First Australians, and provide a place where Aboriginal voices can be heard and culture presented.

To facilitate this process, and ensure its meaning and integrity, the Aboriginal Reference Group was formed in 2000. Since then, we have worked in respectful partnership on more than 19 projects, and are proud to say that at least 75% of the gallery’s exhibitions include Aboriginal content.

The ARG and gallery continue to work towards a common examination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art expression. The core of our ethos is a long-term commitment to local and national Indigenous art, artists and education. This is achieved through collaborative participation and truth telling. With a clear vision of reciprocal intent, recognition, trust and pride we look beyond the dot – beyond  the stereotypes to an inclusive approach based on community. The value of the relationship is evident in the excellence of the Indigenous exhibition content, community workshops, education programs and recent collection focus.

Debbie Abraham and Donna Fernando

Photo: Tracing a child's hand