National Reconciliation Week

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


National Reconciliation Week
Saturday 27 May to Saturday 3 June

Let’s Take the Next Steps

Take  part in National Reconciliation Week with a calendar of events celebrating the rich culture and history of the first Australians. In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.



The Substation presents The Cell by Brook Andrew

Friday 26 May to Saturday 10 June
Free event. Gallery open: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm
The Substation, 1 Market St, Newport

Brook Andrew is one of Australia’s premiere contemporary artists, having exhibited internationally since 1996. His work examines Western history, specifically relating to colonialism, and places Australia at the centre of a global inquisition. This is the Melbourne premiere of major installation, The Cell. Decorated in Wiradjuri patters and inviting audience participation, The Cell is a jumping castle of sorts that blurs the lines between sanctuary and detention. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, 2010.
For more information:


Friendship: The story of Hobsons Bay and Yarrabah Shire Council

Monday 29 May, 6:30pm to 7.45pm
Newport Community Hub, 13 Mason Street

A conversation and film screening about the unique relationship between Hobsons Bay and Yarrabah. Join members of Get Up Out West and hear about the experience in making of their new film, “Yarrabah and Hobsons Bay – sisters by the sea”. All welcome.

Bookings: or phone 1300 HOB LIB


‘Bush Toys’ (Animal Sculptures) Workshop with Bronwyn Razem

Wednesday 31st May, 11am – 1pm
The Corner Senior’s Building, Crn Melbourne Rd & Ferguson St, Williamstown (opp RSL)

Gunditjmara fibre artist, Bronwyn Razem is a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Weavers Collective and a great teacher of her craft. Bronwyn will teach the group how to make ‘bush toys’, which are beautiful animal sculptures using grasses and bound with coloured wool.  Please bring your own coloured wool if you have particular colours you would like to use.  Strong wool works best.  Grasses provided.


Too Afraid to Cry - Ali Cobby Eckerman          

Thurs 1 June, 6.30pm to 7.45pm
Newport Community Hub, 13 Mason Street

Ali Cobby Eckermann, is an award winning writer and poet. Her memoir, Too Afraid To Cry, examines the traumatic effects of estrangement and grief, outlines her reconnecting with her birth family, and finding her way to wholeness. In bare blunt prose and piercingly lyrical verse, Ali gives witness to the human cost of policies that created the Stolen Generations of Indigenous people in Australia. She will read excerpts from her work, give insights as she shares her journey and talk about her development as a poet, story teller and memoir writer.

Bookings: or phone 1300 HOB LIB


Mabo Day Commemoration

Fri 2 June, 1 -3pm
Laverton Community Hub, 95-105 Railway Ave

The Care Connect Balit Gulinya PAG group proudly present ‘Mabo Day’. Join us at Laverton Community Hub to celebrate the work of Eddie Koiki Mabo, champion of Native Title and Indigenous Land Rights. The afternoon will include traditional dance and food from the Torres Strait as a tribute to Uncle Eddie’s legacy as well as story from Torres Strait community Elders


The Substation presents Brook Andrew: Artist Talk

Saturday 3 June, 2pm
The Substation, 1 Market St, Newport

Brook Andrew is one of Australia’s premiere contemporary artists, having exhibited internationally since 1996. For more information:


National Reconciliation Week
Title and navigation
Title and navigation
<<<January 2018><<
January 2018
Loading... Please wait