The Art of Place
Reconciliation Week will see our first free Live Event for 2024 and will be streaming from the Museum of Sydney, which exists on the site of First Government House, on Gadigal land.
During this interactive and thought-provoking session your students will consider how we can understand and connect to place through art and how a place can mean different things, for different people.
- We will investigate the museum’s place-based art and explore the current exhibition Coomaditchie: The Art of Place, created by the Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation, with artworks that reflect life in and around the Coomaditchie Lagoon, near Wollongong.
- Draw on historic records from the NSW State Archives, contemporary First Nations perspectives and archaeology to address the significance and the contested nature of the site.
- Learn about a range of different techniques, which can be used to create art.
- Finish the session with a creative arts activity – providing a framework to students so they can develop an artwork about a place and what it means to them.
Key Inquiry Question
- What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and the early traders, explorers and settlers?
- HT2-4; HT2-5
Key Inquiry Questions
- What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
- How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?
Values and attitudes
Students will value and appreciate
- history as a study of human experience
- the nature of history as reflecting different perspectives and viewpoints
History concepts and skills
Contestability; change and continuity | source analysis; perspectives and interpretation.
ABTSI histories and cultures; Critical and creative thinking; Ethical understanding.
Experience community life by the ocean through the works of First Nations artists in Coomaditchie: The Art of Place at the Museum of Sydney. These loving and lyrical artworks, which include paintings, ceramics and screen-prints, speak of life in and around the settlement of Coomaditchie, its history, ecology and local Dreaming stories