THE Heathcote Museum and Gallery is about to celebrate its 10th Tilt exhibition, with Goolugadup – Kal-ya-gul opening Saturday.
Noongar artist Sandra Hill accepted an invitation to create work for the exhibition, with her response revealing the deep Aboriginal connection to the area.
Goolugadup is a significant site where Whadjuk Noongar families would camp, fish, tell stories, sing, teach their children play and enjoy ceremony.
Hill said her initial approach was to research the indigenous heritage of the site.
“It’s confronting, it’s always confronting, but it needs to be told because people forget that we were there first and we had an amazing life on these sites, in these places,” she said.
“When you think about the name Goolugadup – a place for children – you can almost hear the laughter of the children.
“That galvanises me every time. The one thing I’ve noticed about that place is that kids are still laughing there, kids are still playing there.”
Gallery curator Jana Braddock said Hill’s research delved into the difficult aspects of pre-colonisation and first contact.
“Even amongst the terribly hard emotional journey of confronting this history, Sandra found a way to see some glimmers of positivity,” Ms Braddock said.
“It has been a privilege to collaborate with Sandra who has brought grace and unique qualities to Tilt in 2017, a fitting way to celebrate its 10th year.
The exhibition runs until January 14.
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