We will take the first step in making Sydney's Eora Journey a reality by launching the temporary art project Welcome to Redfern next Saturday, 23 March.
Welcome to Redfern, by celebrated artist Reko Rennie and a group of young local Aboriginal artists, transforms a Victorian-era terrace at 36 Caroline Street with vibrant graphic designs and pasted up murals of inspiring Aboriginal leaders.
Reko previously transformed the T2 building at Taylor Square with his work, Always Was Always Will Be.
The Redfern terrace is the first of seven major public art projects that will help shape the Eora Journey - a trail that takes people to sites around the City that are significant to Aboriginal people.
The Eora Journey responds to a strong message from the community during our comprehensive Sustainable Sydney 2030 consultations that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage should be recognised and celebrated.
The terrace is painted in bold stripes using the colours of the Aboriginal flag and then embellished with paste-ups of 'local heroes,' including colonial leader Pemulwuy and activists Charles Perkins and Mum Shirl. It will eventually house a living museum of Redfern and The Block, which has played an important part in the life of Aboriginal peoples in Sydney.
Also being launched the same day is Mana-ngurang, the Elders' Lounge mural at Redfern Community Centre, created by Charles 'Chicka' Madden, Nicole Monks and Dirk Anderson.
The laser-cut plywood work, with sandstone detail, with rock art designs of inland and coastal animals from the Sydney basin, or Gadigal lands, wraps around the mezzanine level of the Redfern Community Centre and is made from eco-friendly materials.
The Redfern Community Centre at 29-53 Hugo Street will host Eora Journey: the peoples' journey! to celebrate the start of the project from 2pm to 5pm.
- Redfern terrace street art project
- Barani Barrabugu - an introduction to the Aboriginal history of the City of Sydney
- More about the Eora Journey