Guruwaal: local Aboriginal artwork centres revitalised Alumni Park

Guruwaal 2021, the new artwork and a key element of the revitalised Alumni Park, has been the result of working and consulting over many months with the local Aboriginal community in La Perouse.

This included having a smoking ceremony before work commenced and having the artwork designed and led by local Elders.

Alumni Park is a space on UNSW's western Kensington campus recently revitalised to "provide new recreation facilities for students and staff, embrace the history of the land and its people, and recognise the contribution of alumni".

Further art and audio scapes will be added to complete the project later this year and into 2022.

The gallery documents the journey including the finished artwork, the workshops with Elders, and the smoking ceremony conducted before work began.

Construction of the revitalised Alumni Park by Estate Management was finalised earlier this month.

Artwork credit:

Guruwaal 2021 - Engraving in concrete paving, counter-relief on wooden bleachers.

Uncle Greg Simms (Gadigal/Dharug), with guidance by Aunty Marjorie Dixon (Bidjigal) and Uncle Assen Timbery (Bidjigal) and interpretations by Danièle Hromek (Budawang/Yuin) and Samantha Rich (Wiradjuri).

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