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Volunteers’ News – June 2023

It’s June already … and Sydney is jam-packed with things to be part of and plan for!

The Convict Years, Hyde Park Barracks, Queens Square – 10am-6pm daily, free entry
I recently attended the current exhibition at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict barracks (architect: Francis Greenway). This is an interactive experience with wonderful displays and an excellent digital guide (one of the best I’ve come across). The devastating impact of settlement and convicts on local Aboriginal peoples has not been forgotten. Unfortunately, the beautiful Murmurations digital display outside the barracks will be over by the time we go to press. There were quite a few school groups when I was there, all enjoying the interactive tasks, and the gorgeous autumn sunshine.

Celebrate South King Street – June 14-18
Inner West Council is sponsoring five days of shining a light on vibrant, creative and eccentric south King Street, Newtown. Starting with Shout Out at the Garden Lounge Creative Space, 573 King Street, on June 14, 6.30-8.30pm. There will be performance poets, including inner-west locals Tug Dumbly, Rosie Bogumil and more. Local coffee, food and drinks will be available. This event is free but you must reserve your spot at https://eventbrite.com.au

2023 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW – ends September 3
Once again the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are on exhibition in all their colour, extravagance and (can I say) weirdness. There are more works by women (30) than men (27) in this year’s finalists, and 38 works by Aboriginal artists. While entry to the Gallery itself is free, there are various ticket prices and times available: for instance Adult $25, Concession $20.

Open from 10am-5pm (last tickets available at 4pm). For information and a look at some of the prize-winners and entries go to https://artgallery.nsw.gov.au/whatson/

Refugee Week – Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24
This year’s theme is: Finding Freedom and the week includes World Refugee Day on June 20, whose theme is Hope Away from Home. Ron Williams Community Centre, 5-11 Kepos Street, Redfern, is hosting a talk by Refugee Council Ambassador Simon Shahin, a refugee from Syria. His talk will be followed by Zimbabwean music by Simba Mushete and his band, and refreshments. Free on June 21 from 10am-12pm, but to book tickets email: jmayr@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

2023 National NAIDOC Week – Sunday July 2 to Sunday July 9
This year’s theme is For Our Elders. The NAIDOC Week Poster prize this year was won by Bobbi Lockyer, born and based on Kariyarra Country in Port Hedland, WA.

NAIDOC in the City – Saturday July 8
Discover food, song, art, dance and stories in Hyde Park North, from 11am-3pm.

I’m writing this on one of those glorious Sydney autumn days, and not eagerly awaiting my street footpaths being dug up and trees renewed for the next six weeks!

Until next time,
Pat Clarke

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