Artist with Aboriginal, Dutch and English heritage
It’s an old idea, it’s on everyone’s radar and it would change the face of Sydney – an Aboriginal arts/cultural centre! It is an embarrassment that Sydney does not already have such a place. But why just one? Sixty-five thousand years of history is a lot to fit into one building – it would be great to have a whole precinct that celebrates Aboriginal culture. I believe a place designed and led by Aboriginal people and philosophy, with integrated sustainability, community and respect for country, could be perfectly located either at Barangaroo or on Me-mel (Goat Island) – with the support of local mob, of course. Having Aboriginal design within the everyday environment will give us all a better sense of place and therefore help the community have a better sense of self.