CAN worked with Noongar community members in York to explore their own stories of living and working in Balardong Country through a series of clay art workshops.
Guided by Elders and community leaders, the project centred on multigenerational stories from the York Reserve and the town, with the history of Noongar farm workers in the Wheatbelt another area of focus.
As the project progressed, the ideas, creativity and skills of the local community and support from local organisations and businesses in York enabled it to evolve and flourish.
Presented at the 2018 York Festival, the Clay Boodjar exhibition delighted attendees who were deeply engaged with the art works shown at a pop-up gallery in the main street, run by local Elders.
The Welcome to Balardong animation along with storytelling sessions with the Elders, have since captured the hearts of audiences at exhibitions held at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
Many non-Balardong and Balardong people of York are so proud of the animation and feel that it is seen as an avenue and voice to finally share some of the Aboriginal history of York.
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