Nicole Monks

Time Out (Sydney) - - FUTURE SYDNEY -

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.

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