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The Carrolup Centre
Ongoing consultation is taking place between Curtin University, John Curtin Gallery and the Carrolup Elders Reference Group to determine the design and feel of the Centre. Above all, it will be a place that encourages and welcomes truth-telling, healing and reconciliation for all people. Until the architectural plans are finalised, preliminary artistic renders can be found here.
To create a beautiful space for the artworks, around which there will be other exhibitions of conscience, research activity, and multiple engagement opportunities, the cost will be approximately $15 million.
Curtin University and the John Curtin Gallery are working in collaboration with the Carrolup Elders Reference Group (CERG). CERG leads and approves all plans associated with the development of the Centre. Consultation and engagement has also taken place with many Indigenous stakeholders, both internal and external, including (but not limited to) Curtin’s Nyungar Cultural Advisor, Ingrid Cumming; Director, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Professor Marion Kickett; and Curtin’s former Elder in Residence, Professor Simon Forrest.
The Carrolup Elders Reference Group (CERG) was formed in 2014. Led by Tony Hansen, CERG provides guidance on all matters relating to The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork. CERG’s vision is that the Collection is accessible to all people for the purpose of viewing, study, engagement, education and research. CERG members have a strong connection with Carrolup (and Marribank), or a strong connection to the artworks.
Colgate University’s Picker Art Gallery – which had the collection in storage for almost 50 years – decided to repatriate the works back to Nyungar country and, after consulting with local Nyungar elders, entrusted the custodial responsibilities to Curtin University through its John Curtin Gallery, under the guiding hand of the Carrolup Elders Reference Group. This decision was made in light of Curtin’s strong track record in Aboriginal education and its commitment to advancing reconciliation.
Everyone’s circumstances are different with respect to what they can give, and any donation that is meaningful to you, is meaningful to us. We welcome the opportunity to have a confidential conversation with you about the vision for the Centre and how your gift can make a profound difference. Please email us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch.
All donors will be acknowledged by name on the Carrolup Centre online Honour Roll and permanently through a beautiful installation within the Centre itself.
There are six donor giving levels which reflect the Nyungar seasons and the flowers that bloom during those seasons at Carrolup.
Donors can, of course, choose to remain anonymous.
Any donor who makes a gift or pledge that is fulfilled – irrespective of the amount – within the first three years of the campaign (September 2020 – September 2023) to create and establish the Centre will be forever recognised and known as a Founding Donor within the Centre itself.
Progress of the campaign will be shared on our website and social media channels. We will also keep you updated on the impact of your gift via email.
One hundred percent of your contribution will be applied to the total costs of developing the Carrolup Centre. Of this, most of your gift will be applied directly to the establishment of the Centre, with no more than 10 per cent supporting any indirect costs incurred by the John Curtin Gallery.
The direct costs of establishing the Centre will include the construction of a bespoke space at Curtin University in Perth. You can view preliminary artistic renders of the proposed Centre here.
Indirect costs incurred by the John Curtin Gallery will support such initiatives as the curation of additional art, associated exhibitions, digitising the collection to make it accessible worldwide, and conserving the collection.
Curtin University is registered as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) under federal government legislation, endorsed by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) as an income tax concession charity (TCC) and registered with the Australian Charities and not-for-profits commission. Curtin University provides you with a tax receipt for every gift greater than $2.
Donations made to Curtin are tax-deductible in Australia.
We invite you to share the story and this project among your networks, whether it be via social media or just in conversation with friends and family. The bigger the voice we can give to the Carrolup history, the artworks and the Centre, the greater the impact we can make towards building a more fair and inclusive future.
Why not have a conversation with your organisation to find out how they might support this project?
Curtin University has been offering culturally appropriate educational programs for Aboriginal people since the mid-1970s. The Centre for Aboriginal Studies was established in 1983, and in 2008 Curtin became the first Australian teaching and research institution to develop and implement a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Ten years later, Curtin launched its ‘Elevate’ RAP – the highest level within Reconciliation Australia’s Workplace RAP Framework, which is for organisations that have a proven track record of embedding effective RAP initiatives within their workplace. Curtin’s Elevate RAP initiatives seek to help build a society that values and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, knowledge and heritage as a proud part of a shared national identity. Curtin’s Elevate RAP can be found here.
Curtin’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers a number of initiatives to support and empower current Indigenous students. These include mentoring programs, events, volunteer opportunities, and the annual Indigenous Nationals – a five-day sports competition and cultural spectacular. For more information, visit karda.curtin.edu.au/study/experiences.