The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) is developing a major new exhibition that will open on Friday 8 June 2018 in Armidale as part of a four-day long program to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre in 1838.
Myall Creek and beyond will feature new artworks by leading Aboriginal contemporary artists Robert Andrew, Fiona Foley, Laurie Nielsen and Judy Watson and is curated by Bianca Beetson. These artworks were developed through an artist-in-residence program at the memorial site and within local communities between 2017-18.
A four-day program of activities (7-10 June 2018) is planned for the anniversary and will include:
- a historical exhibition at the Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place about the history of the Myall Creek Memorial;
- a one-day symposium at the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England exploring the historical, legal and cultural significance of the massacre;
- the opening of the contemporary art exhibition Myall Creek and beyond and an exhibition by Inverell based artist Colin Isaacs at NERAM in Armidale;
- Sounds of the Country concert at the Roxy Theatre in Bingara.
- the 180th anniversary memorial event at the Myall Creek Memorial near the site of the massacre (near Bingara).