When a collection of Carrolup artworks came home to Nyungar country in 2013, a unique and precious resource was returned to Western Australia.
Lost overseas for more than 60 years, the exquisite artworks by young children of the Stolen Generations offer a rare glimpse into the lived experiences of Aboriginal children during a dark chapter of our past, when systemic racism and discrimination tore Indigenous families and culture apart.
Curtin University is now embarking upon an ambitious project to create a permanent, protective home for these artworks that will become a centre for truth-telling, healing and reconciliation in perpetuity.
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During the 1940s, Aboriginal children were detained at the Carrolup Native Settlement, where a remarkable talent in art emerged.
We seek to establish a permanent and easily accessible home to honour the significance of the Carrolup artworks and the story they embody.
Recognising our donors
We are grateful to all of our generous supporters who are helping us to promote truth-telling and healing.
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The Carrolup Centre will commemorate how young Aboriginal children – forcibly separated from their families, isolated, segregated, traumatised and living in an unknown place – still found beauty and connection to Country through their art. It will be an enduring reminder that while racism seeks to destroy all that is good about a people, it never can. Like water, cultural beauty and goodness always finds a way; at Carrolup, that way was through children.
Chair, Carrolup Elders Reference Group
Vale Alma Toomath
It is with deep sadness we share the news that Alma Toomath (nee Cuttabutt), the last known artist from Carrolup, passed away on 23 May 2021 in Albany.
Aunty Alma was a Stolen Generations survivor, taken from her family as a young child and detained at the Carrolup Native Settlement in the 1940s. She played a key role in the Establishment Ceremony last November at the John Curtin Gallery, where she entrusted her own artwork, alongside others repatriated from Colgate University to Western Australia in 2013, into the care of the Gallery to be protected and remain accessible to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people throughout Western Australia and beyond.
John Curtin Gallery
Enlivening the intellectual life of the University and its surrounding communities through exhibitions, events and public programs that explore global perspectives on contemporary art.
Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS)
CAS is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-managed research and education centre offering a variety of courses and providing an empowering and supportive base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at Curtin.
Reconciliation at Curtin
Curtin is committed to embedding voices and perspectives of First Nations peoples at the forefront of our decision making to create an environment in which everyone thrives.