Discussion | Celebrating the stories of Redfern through art | Sydney 13th November 2015

RedfernJoin us for a day of presentations and open discussion about the restoration of the 40,000 Years mural and the future of public art in Redfern.

The 40,000 Years mural on Lawson Street is a vital part of Redfern’s cultural heritage. Painted in 1983, it contains a complex weave of Aboriginal histories that relate both to the Redfern area and to the passage of Aboriginal people to and from the city of Sydney from across Australia.
The mural has deteriorated considerably since it was painted in 1983 and plans are underway for its restoration. At the same time, the Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation Program has highlighted the need for contemporary Indigenous stories to be represented in future public art projects that contribute to Redfern’s revitalisation.

The Redfern Mural Gathering will bring together cultural leaders, artists and community members to reflect on the significance of the 40,000 Years mural and to share ideas about the future of public art in Redfern.

Speakers include:

Nathan Moran – CEO, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council

Carol Ruff – Artist & painter of the 40,000 Years mural in 1983

Matt Poll – Curator, Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project, Macleay Museum

Djon Mundine – Curator and artist of the Kandos Museum mural project, Cementa ’15

A delicious lunch will be provided by Gardener’s Lodge Cafe.

Date: 9.30 – 5.00pm, Friday 13 November 2015

Venue: Redfern Community Centre, 29 – 53 Hugo Street, Redfern,

Send an RSVP to Margo Daly at: downcitystreets@gmail.com by Monday 9 November to let us know you’re attending.

The Redfern Mural Gathering is a collaboration between the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Redfern Station Community Group and artists and researchers from Sydney College of the Arts. It is being facilitated by members of the Space, Place and Country research group, University of Sydney. Visit the website at: