When a collection of Carrolup artworks came home to Nyungar country in 2013, a unique and precious resource was returned to Western Australia. Lost overseas for more than 60 years, the exquisite artworks by young children of the Stolen Generations offer a rare glimpse into the lived experiences of Aboriginal children during a dark chapter of our past, when systemic racism and discrimination tore Indigenous families and culture apart.
Curtin University is now embarking upon an ambitious project to create a permanent, protective home for these artworks that will become a centre for truth-telling, healing and reconciliation in perpetuity.
During the 1940s, Aboriginal children were detained at the Carrolup Native Settlement, where a remarkable talent in art emerged.
We seek to establish a permanent and easily accessible home to honour the significance of the Carrolup artworks and the story they embody.
Recognising our donors
We are grateful to all of our generous supporters who are helping us to promote truth-telling and healing.
“The Carrolup Centre will commemorate how young Aboriginal children – forcibly separated from their families, isolated, segregated, traumatised and living in an unknown place – still found beauty and connection to Country through their art. It will be an enduring reminder that while racism seeks to destroy all that is good about a people, it never can. Like water, cultural beauty and goodness always finds a way; at Carrolup, that way was through children.”
Tony Hansen, Chair of the Carrolup Elders Reference Group
John Curtin Gallery (JCG)
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artworks will be on display at the Gallery from 8 November to 13 December 2020 for public viewing:
Monday to Friday 11am – 5pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS)
CAS is an Indigenous-managed research and education centre offering a variety of courses and providing an empowering and supportive base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at Curtin.
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Curtin's Reconciliation Action Plan directly reflects our strategic commitment to be led by our values as we support our staff, promote Indigenous reconciliation and contribute to a fairer and more just society for all.