Looking Through Windows

2 Mar 2022 from 12:00am - 23 Apr 2022 until 12:00am

looking through windows
Looking Through Windows
Lorina Barker, Vicky Haskins and John Maynard

Looking Through Windows is an oral history and multimedia project that explores the removal, dispossession and ‘protection’ of Aboriginal people in NSW.

The exhibition comprises of the Elders' stories who participated in Elders Gatherings and multimedia workshops; the resulting audio adn film recordings have been included in in short documentaries and artworks. Elders generously shared their stories about growing up and living on the Mission, reserves and fringe camps. The Gatherings provided a safe and creative space for remembering and sharing – ‘yarning’. This is a methodology developed and used by Dr Lorina Barker.

Looking Through Windows first ran over two years, 2017 and 2018, and engaged the whole community from the New England region including the Dunghutti, Anaiwan, Gomeroi, Gumbaynggirr and Banbai and Northwest NSW, the Ngemba, Muruwari, Gamilaraay, Kurnu-Baakandji, Burrabindja as well as the descendants of the Wangkumara, Kooma and Kunja people from southwest QLD, and the Adnyamathanha from the Flinders Ranges in South Australia now residing in Bourke and Brewarrina. Looking Through Windows was also a significant outcome of the major Australian Research Council Indigenous Discovery project, led by Professor John Maynard and the University of Newcastle, ‘The NSW Aboriginal Protection / Welfare Board 1883-1969: A History’.


Looking Through Windows was supported through the Australian Government Department of Communication and the Arts, Indigenous Languages and Arts program and Create NSW Arts, Screen and Culture. It was managed in partnership with 2 Rivers Pty Ltd. Looking Through Windows received additional financial and other support from across the community – including from the University of New England, University of Newcastle, the JNC Group and the NED Foundation. The project received financial and in- kind support from New England Regional Art Museum, Oorala Aboriginal Centre, Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place Armidale, Armajun Aboriginal Health Service, 2CuzFM Radio Station Bourke, ANTaR Armidale, Rotary Armidale, and Literacy for Life Foundation.

Special thanks to Social Ventures Media.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.