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26 May
National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

This year’s theme, ‘Be Brave. Make Change.’ is a challenge to all Australians – individuals, families, communities, organisations and government – to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

The City of Fremantle is recognising National Reconciliation Week with a number of activities and events for the community.

 

CULTURAL AWARENESS TRAINING – BOOKED OUT

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Join Kaya and discover the history of the world’s oldest living cultures. Here you will also learn and understand how dispossession and colonisation continues to have a lingering impact on Aboriginal peoples.

Thu 26 May | 11am–12pm | Free | Bookings required

 

RECONCILIATION WEEK ACTIVITY PACKS

Fremantle Library; Freo Toy Library

Ideal for children aged 3-12 years with activities to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their culture, traditions and history. Packs can be picked up at the Fremantle Library or Freo Toy Library. Parental guidance recommended.

Library opening hours | Free | No bookings required

 

LIBRARY COLLECTION

Fremantle Library 

Throughout Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week, Fremantle Library is showcasing a curated collection of books, DVDs and other items to encourage patrons to listen to the voices of First Nations authors, artists and creatives.

Library opening hours | Free | No bookings required 

 

REVEALED ART MARKET

Online

The Revealed Art Market will once again be held as an online event in 2022 – meaning savvy arts buyers all over Australia have the chance to start or add to their collections.

The Revealed Market was conceived to provide an ethical, direct avenue of purchasing art by WA Aboriginal artists, all in one place, with 100 per cent of sales returned to the artists. It’s the only event of its kind where all remote and regional WA art centres are invited to take part, alongside selected independent artists.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or an established collector, the Revealed Market caters for all budgets and tastes – showcasing new artists alongside senior names in a range of mediums including paintings, textiles, carved artefacts, homewares, prints, clothing, ceramics, jewellery and more.

Fri 27 May–Sun 29 May | 9am–5pm | Online | Visit fac.org.au register for first access

 

REVEALED EXHIBITION

Fremantle Arts Centre

The Revealed Exhibition returns in 2022, celebrating the creativity, ambition, and diversity of contemporary Aboriginal Art practice here in Western Australia.

The annual Revealed program – encompassing this exhibition as well as an online Art Market, artist talks, demonstrations, workshops and an opening weekend celebration – provides a unique opportunity for Perth arts lovers to meet artists from all over this vast state, hear rich stories of culture and community, and support the next generation of artists by buying artwork to take home and cherish.

Dedicated to showcasing new work and the best emerging WA Aboriginal Artists working across remote, regional and metropolitan areas, the Revealed Exhibition is a generous and diverse visual feast – with over 250 works from 100 artists.

Explore works which range from highly traditional to cutting edge in a range of mediums including painting, installation, textiles, photography, print, video, weaving and sculpture.

Sat 7 May–Sun 24 Jul | 10am–5pm | Free | No bookings required | Visit fac.org.au to learn more

 

INDIGENOUS STORIES WITH TIM KELLY + BUSTER + NATURE PLAY

Fremantle PCYC

Celebrate the start to Reconciliation week at our PCYC Buster session, with invited guests, Tim Kelly, who will be bringing stories to life with his didgeridoo and cultural dancing with the kids and Cath from Nature Play! Enjoy a morning of light refreshments, free play and connection to country. 

Fri 27 May | 9.30am–12pm | Free | No bookings required

 

BACK TO NATURE SCREENING

Fremantle Library

A journey through the Australian landscape and the unique stories of the land, deepening our connection with nature. All Season 1 episodes of Back to Nature will play back-to-back throughout the weekend, no bookings required, free drop-in viewing in the LAB at Fremantle Library.

Thu 26–Sun 29 May | 9am–5pm | Free | No bookings required

 

ARTIST TALK | NIH! YEYI YORGA WAANGKINY 

Fremantle Arts Centre 

Join exhibiting artists from Nih! Yeyi Yorga Wangkiny for a series of talks about their work and their lives as Nyoongar yorga (women). Facilitated by the exhibition’s curator Yabini Kickett, these talks are a unique opportunity to gain insight into the thoughts, ideas and processes that inform each artist and the works they create. Participating artists include Sharyn Egan, Ilona McGuire and Lola McKickett. While our talks start at 11am, we encourage visitors to arrive early and wander the galleries. 

Sat 28 May | 11am–12pm | Free | No bookings required 

 

PCYC BBQ WITH INDIGENOUS ACTIVITIES

Fremantle PCYC

Ages 4–13: Afterschool BBQ and crafternoon with indigenous inspired activities.

Tue 31 May | 3–5pm | Free | No bookings required

 

DISCLOSURE: NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK EDITION - STRONG BLACK WOMEN

Fremantle Arts Centre, Front Lawn

Join us for an important panel discussion during National Reconciliation Week where First Nations women working in the arts reflect on the role the arts play in creating space for reconciliation in contemporary Australia. This critical and timely discussion will be facilitated by proud Nyoongar Woman and Chair of Reconciliation WA, Carol Innes OA. Before the night ends, there will be time to mingle over a beverage to keep the conversation going.

Tue 31 May | 6–8.30pm | Free | Bookings required

 

ACROSS CULTURE PAINTING: COME AND TRY FOR OVER 55S

Fremantle Library

Sit and yarn with Nyoongar artist Sharon Calgaret while you create your very own painting. Paint and canvas will be provided.

Wed 1 Jun | 10–11.30am | Free | Bookings required

 

ABORIGINAL DOT PAINTING: PLATTER BOARDS – BOOKED OUT

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Join us for a free art class where you will decorate your own wooden platter board using traditional Aboriginal designed dot painting.

Wed 1 Jun | 11am–12pm | Free | Bookings required

 

CULTURAL AWARENESS TRAINING – BOOKED OUT

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Join Kaya and discover the history of the world's oldest living cultures. Here you will also learn and understand how dispossession and colonisation continues to have a lingering impact on Aboriginal peoples.

Thu 2 Jun | 11am–12pm | Free | Bookings required

 

STORYTIME

Fremantle Library, Mardoo room

Storytime is designed for kids aged 2–5 to promote and encourage early literacy. To celebrate Reconciliation Week, we are showcasing First Nations authors and illustrators, reading from a selection of our best kids’ books. Meet new friends and enjoy fantastical tales and uproarious rhymes together at the library.

Thu 2 Jun | 9.30–10.30am | Free | No bookings required

 

ARAATIKA! RISE UP DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

Fremantle Library

Former National Rugby League star Dean Widders is a man on a mission. After fellow Indigenous players Preston Campbell, Timana Tahu and George Rose devised their own pre-game performance to match the haka of their Maori counterparts, Widders began a journey to bring this dance – and First Nations pride more broadly – to the game. So far, his advocacy has garnered support from the Indigenous All Stars league, but his dream is to have Australia’s national team adopt this unifying battle cry.

Thu 2 Jun | 5.30–6.55pm | Free | Bookings required


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