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#TMWA_The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork
Wed. 29 March 2017, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm AWST
A chance for teachers to engage with artwork of historical and cultural significance.
Educators will be given the opportunity to view The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork as well as the associated documentary and materials. Participants will engage in a brainstorming and discussion session relating to use of the collection and related materials as an educational resource.
Curriculum Links: Visual Art, HASS, English, Media Arts, Health, Ethical Understanding (GC), Intercultural Understanding (GC), Australian and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (CCP)
Venue: John Curtin Gallery, Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, Western Australia 6102
Time: Wednesday 29 March - 4.30 - 6.30pm
Parking: University Parking is Free after 4.30pm.
In 2004, a precious collection of drawings created in the 1940s by Western Australian Aboriginal schoolchildren of the Stolen Generations, was rediscovered in a gallery storeroom in New York.
These artworks were created in the classroom of the Carrolup State School, nurtured by inspiring teachers Noel and Lily White, who from 1946–1950 ignited an awakening of Noongar culture and a sense of pride within the otherwise tragic lives of these young Stolen Generations children. This school was unusually situated within the Carrolup Native Settlement in remote bushland near Katanning – where Aboriginal children were incarcerated, denied access to their families, culture and language, during decades of traumatic institutionalised assimilation.
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork is named in honour of Herbert Mayer, a New York art dealer who donated this collection of 122 artworks to his Alma Mater – Colgate University in 1966. Mayer had purchased them from British philanthropist Florence Rutter towards the end of her life in 1956. After a chance encounter in 1949, Rutter was inspired to act as ambassador for the children of Carrolup, promoting their art around the world to directly support their artistic endeavours and education. This was sadly short lived as the settlement and school were abruptly closed in 1950 and the children were dispersed to other institutions.
As profoundly important historical and cultural artifacts from the Stolen Generations, these Carrolup artworks and their story shine like a beacon of hope from this dark period in Australian history. Working together with the Noongar community, Curtin has continued to demonstrate its commitment to preserve, celebrate and share this unique collection of artworks; through research, education and community engagement. We hope that through sharing this collection of artwork and its story, we can promote important discussion, learn from the tragic sadness of the past and be inspired to work together to achieve healing and enduring reconciliation through preserving this collection for future generations.
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was generously donated to Curtin University in 2013 for the purposes of research and education by Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA.