First Nations Speaker Series: Coomaditchie

This winter the First Nations Speaker Series will explore activism in the Illawarra region of NSW and beyond.

The exhibition Coomaditchie: The Art of Place, now on at the Museum of Sydney, highlights the work of the Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation. The organisation has provided welfare and advocacy services to the community for over 20 years since its incorporation in 1993, and creates change through its work in bush regeneration, art projects, and cultural heritage and community development programs.

Join Emeritus Professor John Maynard and First Nations Curator Tess Allas as they reflect on their own families’ activism in Aboriginal affairs and human and workers rights in the Illawarra and across NSW that fed into the activism of the times more broadly throughout the nation.

The conversation will be moderated by ABC Radio National Presenter Rudi Bremer.

Speaker bios

The First Nations Speaker Series has produced fascinating discussions with prominent authors, artists, curators, designers and producers. Previous speakers include Tony Albert, BARKAA, Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, Wayne Brennan, Professor Brenda L Croft, Blak Douglas, Dennis Golding, Dr Danièle Hromek, Dr Terri Janke, Dr Virginia Keft, Dr Raymond Kelly, Dr Leah Lui-Chivizhe, John Maynard, Reuben Mellor, Alison Page, Aunty Michelle Perry, Matt Poll, Rhoda Roberts AO, Andy Saunders, Nathan ‘Mudyi’ Sentance, Yanada Hepi Te Huia, Hayden Walsh and Peter White.

The first three decades (decade 3), Coomaditchie artists and community members, 2022, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 302cm x 213.5 cm. 
Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation
Now showing
Featured exhibition

Coomaditchie: The Art of Place

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

Saturday 30 March

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The First Nations Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with GML Heritage, The University of Sydney and the Research Centre for Deep History at the Australian National University