(7.30pm, Tuesday 19 November 2013, corner College & Williams Streets)
Hello, everyone, and a very warm welcome. Tonight we're launching the second major art work of our Eora Journey - Nicole Foreshew's Born in darkness before dawn. You'll hear more about the meaning of the work shortly.
Aptly, these larger-than-life images are being projected onto the Australian Museum - itself the repository for a massive collection of Aboriginal artefacts, some of which relate directly to areas where Nicole's Wiradjuri ancestors were born.
Juxtaposed with this historic collection, Nicole's work reminds us that Aboriginal culture is a vibrant and living tradition, inextricably woven into the place and time we inhabit.
As part of our City's public art program, the seven artworks of our Eora Journey will highlight that fact, whether through Reiko Rennie's Welcome to Redfern terrace house mural, or the Tony Albert artwork now being planned for Hyde Park South that will recognise the courage and sacrifice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women.
They will build a walking trail across the City, from the Harbour-front to Redfern, giving residents and international visitors an opportunity to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and stories, and highlighting their enduring connections to land and harbour.
It's absolutely fitting that we can launch Nicole's work as part of the inaugural Corroboree Sydney Festival, one of the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural festivals ever held in Sydney.
We're delighted to support the festival, along with the NSW Government and Destination NSW, and it's expected to attract over 50,000 regional, interstate and international visitors.
I urge you all to get involved with the festival at its various locations, and to visit Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay to take in the Corroboree festival hub.
The Corroboree program has been led by Hetti Perkins, who is also our curator for the Eora Journey.
I take this opportunity to thank her for the fantastic work she is doing to bring our vision into being. I also thank our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel, and our Public Art Advisory Panel for their always-thoughtful contributions.
I look forward to seeing the work now on the scale at which it was intended. It will be projected here each night until February 20 next year.