The Aboriginal Culture Centre and Keeping Place is a must-visit with its doors wide-open to all that want to learn about New England’s rich Aboriginal history.
I found the exhibition, with the theme “Always Was, Always Will Be” to be contemporary and vibrant. And if you are lucky enough to meet Custodian Rose Lovelock, you are in for a treat.
“I believe that if you’re wandering into a culture and keeping place then you are wandering into an environment where you will get to know a lot more than just the three areas of art that are created in visual – you’re jumping into the lives of the people – who have lived in this existence for this amount of time. It’s a safe place, a culturally safe space for people to ask the tough questions and almost be guaranteed an answer”.
“I didn’t realise how much was not known about us out there. I understand why some of the questions are so confronting to us but often wouldn’t be if we knew the background – its two cultures meeting – and they’re meeting not knowing not that much about each other – and often finding out through the process of communication that we can share and care about each other in a way that doesn’t often show itself out there in broader society and that makes me feel good…”