Participants in Conversation

The Myall Creek Gathering Cloak

Sat 30 Apr 2022
National Art School Gallery

Above: Carol McGregor with Adele Chapman-Burgess, Avril Chapman and the Community of the Myall Creek Gathering Cloak, 'Myall Creek Gathering Cloak', 2018 (detail). Courtesy the New England Regional Art Museum and the Myall Creek Gathering Cloak Community. Photo: Document Photography
Sat 30 Apr 2022, 10:00am - 11:00am
National Art School Gallery
National Art School, 156 Forbes St, Darlinghurst. Please enter via the Burton Street Gate.

Free, no registration required

On 10 June 1838, 28 Aboriginal women, children and older men were murdered in an unprovoked and premeditated massacre known as the Myall Creek Massacre. In an all-too-rare act of grassroots advocacy for truth-telling and memorialisation, the local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community in regional NSW have come together in response to this tragic historical event. The National Committee of the Friends of Myall Creek have worked over 20 years to establish the Myall Creek Memorial site, organising a one-of-a-kind annual commemoration weekend for the public and an ongoing program of learning, sharing and truth-telling. Both the Massacre and Memorial site are State (NSW) and National Heritage Listed places.

Undertaken as part of the 180th Anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre, and facilitated by Wathaurung artist Carol McGregor, the Myall Creek Gathering Cloak embeds the stories of the local community and the National Committee of the Friends of Myall Creek including its Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members. 

Hear from participants who worked on the Myall Creek Gathering Cloak, which is currently on view at the National Art School as part of the Biennale of Sydney, presented in partnership with Artspace.

This event will be followed by a truth-telling session at the Arts and Cultural Exchange in Parramatta, more information here.

For more information about the Myall Creek Gathering Cloak visit the Biennale of Sydney website.