Open to the public from 4 March – 13 June 2022, ACE will present a series of contemporary works by Dharug and International artists as part of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus. Rīvus at ACE marks the organization's historic first time as an official presenting partner of the Biennale of Sydney.
Rīvus investigates the role of rivers, wetlands and other salt and freshwater ecosystems as dynamic living systems with varying degrees of political agency.
Rīvus at ACE will showcase:
- Voice of the Burramatta 2022 by the Burramatta River and spoken by cultural practitioner, founder of Dharug Allies for Nura Alliance and the Chairperson of Dharug Strategic Management Group (DSMG) Julie Bukari (Webb). A powerful digital work exploring the sacred energy of the Parramatta River, known as Burramatta (where the eels lie down), where the freshwater meets the saltwater.
- Ngalawan - We Live, We Remain by multidisciplinary artist Leanne Tobin who is of Irish and English and Aboriginal heritage descending from the Buruberong and Wumeli clans of the Dharug. This durational work will be presented in the Front Room at ACE.
- Running of the Eels by Leanne Tobin, a new video work that remembers a time of great ceremony and strange migratory patterns. The eels lay down, awaiting a king tide and full moon.
- An artwork by Manila-based multidisciplinary artist Leeroy New, famously known for creating Lady Gaga’s “muscle dress” will present a site-specific work, using recycled organic and industrial materials wrapping around the façade of the ACE building. The form is based on the organic root formations of the iconic Balete tree of Southeast Asia. It is set to be one of the most ambitious temporary public works ever presented in Western Sydney!
Truth Telling Discussion Panel (30 April)
A panel discussion led by Dharug Knowledge Holders and Myall Creek Memorial Committee. The National Committee of the Friends of Myall Creek are participants of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.
The group raises awareness of the Myall Creek Massacre, to understand the truth of our shared history, and have worked over 20 years to establish the Myall Creek Memorial site, organize a one-of-a-kind annual commemoration weekend, and an ongoing program of learning, sharing, and truth-telling.
In this panel discussion members of the National Committee will exchange stories of frontier conflict and healing with Dharug custodians of the Parramatta area and Western Sydney.
Includes light lunch. First Nations people no charge; tickets $20 available. Find out more
ACE’s Barbershop (25 May - 11 June)
3-week pop-up of ACE’s Barbershop featuring Barber Charles Lomu, braider Lucy Lomu, and program students and alumni. Open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6-9
pm, and Saturdays 10-4 pm, for a fade or braid and enjoy local artists including Dandana band, and Sweatshop Literacy Movement.
FREE! Attendees can drop in, and sit back, no booking required.