Black(s)town Exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre

Blacktown Arts Centre is situated on the land of the Darug people - the traditional owners of the land - and is currently home to the largest urban Aboriginal population in Australia. It is a short drive 13 km west of Parramatta. The current exhibition is Black(s)town : 'Inspired and informed by the stories of the original Blacks' Town settlement, this project acknowledges and celebrates Aboriginal heritage and contemporary practices within Blacktown, while exploring issues central to the identity of the region.'

The exhibition was attended by the Mayor of Blacktown who opened the show by saying: 'I would like to acknowledge the Darug people who are the traditional custodians of the land. I would also like to pay respect to the Elders, both past and present, of the Darug nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginals present’. This was the first time that we had heard this statement which would precede other openings which we would attend.