Place of Sea Ferns
6 – 30 May 2015
The University Gallery
This exhibition explores the history of the Aboriginal people of the Newcastle area and will trace their stories, culture and their intrinsic relationship with the land. Significant sites, traditional practices and the sharing of stories, will be brought into focus as we celebrate the University and its community in 2015, and acknowledge the custodians of the land.
Original artifacts, flora and fauna will accompany early images by European artists, and will set the scene as the exhibition follows the history and development of Newcastle from an Aboriginal perspective. Photographs will also mark the ever-changing contemporary landscapes within the community.
Curated by Mandy Kelly and Gillean Shaw. Presented in association with The Wollotuka Institute: a leader in Indigenous education at the University of Newcastle.
The exhibition will also include the launch of Professor John Maynard’s new book, Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Whose Traditional Land?.
In his book Maynard studies the history of the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal people and their relationship to the present site of the University of Newcastle: Callaghan.
Exploring Pambalong lifestyle and culture, as well as differences between Aboriginal and Western understandings of land tenure, Maynard reveals both their struggles in the wake of settlement and their ultimate survival.
Copies of John Maynard’s 2014 publication,True Light and Shade: An Aboriginal Perspective of Joseph Lycett’s Art, published by the National Library of Australia, will also be available for purchase during the exhibition
Please join us for the opening and book launch at the University Gallery:
Wednesday 6 May from 6 – 8pm
with a welcome performance by Ray Kelly Jnr.