Explorers: Narratives of Site is open!

The opening of Explorers: Narratives of site on Saturday 7 October at Woodford Academy was a huge success, with around 100 people attending. Feedback on the day and since regarding the artworks on display has been very enthusiastic, with a strong appreciation of what the project was trying to achieve in addressing the complex, lesser-known narratives associated with the site.

After a welcome to country by Aunty Carol and a smoking ceremony by Dharug man Chris Tobin, the audience at the launch heard from co-curators Beata Geyer and Mahalya Middlemist, along with Noel Burgess from the Academy, Dr Jacqueline Millner who is writing the catalogue essay and Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle who formally opened the exhibition.

Chris Tobin performs a smoking ceremony at the Explorers: Narratives of site opening, supported by Aunty Carol

Trish had a surprise in store for the audience – the announcement that Create NSW has awarded MAPBM its second grant of $22,000 towards the Kiosk 3X6 Project, an intensive 18-week curatorial and artist residency at the Katoomba Falls Kiosk. This project will complement Explorers: Narratives of Site in building Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains’ commitment to developing opportunities for contemporary artists and curators to create and exhibit great new work in the Mountains.

To see more photos of the opening go to the Explorers: Narratives of Site Facebook page or follow this link.

Explorers: Narratives of site opening speakers: (L-R) Trish Doyle MP, Dr Jacqueline Millner, Aunty Carol Cooper, Kate O’Neill, Mahalya Middlemist, Noel Burgess, Beata Geyer, Chris Tobin, Tony Bond and Elizabeth Burgess.