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Myall Creek Workshops Create Opportunities Across Region

A series of workshops for young indigenous people across the New England region will be an opportunity for them to reflect on the significance of the Myall Creek Massacre 180 years later and create a new work to be included in an exhibition at the New England Regional Art Museum as part of this year’s commemorations.
The workshops will be held with Kamilaroi/Gomeroi singer/ songwriters Radical Son (David Leha) and Quarralia Knox who will lead a touring musical workshop that explores the history of Myall Creek, the importance of truth-telling in reconciliation, and the role of the arts in healing- including creative responses to trauma.
“Participants in the workshops will gain experience in singing and songwriting and contribute to a new creative work that builds on responses to the story of Myall Creek,” said David Leha (Radical Son). “In the process they will also learn the facts about the Myall Massacre and why it remains significant to Australia today.”
From hip hop roots to soulful social statement Radical Son (David Leha) is a man with a purpose whose music, both potent and sublime, conjures uncompromising visions and merciless lyrics of where we’ve come from and what could be. David Leha has worked with festivals around Australia and his musical direction of Beyond Empathy’s Yanaya project in 2017 resulted in a seamless performance by young people from across the New England region at festivals in Armidale and Tamworth.
Co-presenter Quarralia Knox hails from a family of musicians in Tamworth, the Australian Country Music Capital, and for many years Quarralia kept her passion for music buried within. Her paternal grandfather Roger Knox, and maternal grandmother Auriel Andrew are Aboriginal country music legends while her father Buddy Knox tours the country and the world with his blues band, largely comprised of her brothers. She was a key participant in the Yanaya project by Beyond Empathy in 2017 which culminated in a performance at the 2017 Black Gully Festival and at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
“These workshops are an opportunity for young people across the region to work with one of Australia’s leading indigenous singer-songwriters to create a new work that will help to explore a significant historical event that happened in our region, and how it still has effects upon communities today,” said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director.
“New England Regional Art Museum has been working with the National Committee of the Friends of Myall Creek to develop a series of events and exhibitions that will help to focus attention on the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre of 1838 and the trial of the perpetrators.”


Myall Creek and beyond is a multi-arts project exploring the history and impact of the Myall Creek Massacre which will result in an exhibition at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale from June until October 2018.
The Myall Creek and Beyond music and video workshops will be held at:
10.30am – 1.30pm
Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Center and Keeping Place,Kentucky St, Armidale
5.00 – 8.00pm
Oorala Aboriginal Centre, University of New England, Armidale
10.30am – 1.30pm
Community Centre, 9 Hill St, Uralla
5.00 – 8.00pm
Tingha Town Hall
10.30am – 1.30pm
Community Hall, Dutton Pde, Guyra
5.00 – 8.00pm
Gawura Gallery, 9979 New England Hwy, Glen Innes
10.30am – 1.30pm
Inverell Art Gallery, 5 Evans Street
5.00 – 8.00pm
The Roxy (upstairs function area), 74 Maitland St, Bingara
10.30am – 1.30pm Bank Art Museum Moree
Bookings and further information is available online at Further information about the 180th anniversary Myall Creek memorial events visit
Myall Creek and Beyond is presented by the New England Regional Art Museum in partnership with the Friends of Myall Creek, University of New England, the Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, Beyond Empathy, Arts North West and the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England. Supported by the Regional Arts Fund, the New South Wales Government through Create NSW and the Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts Indigenous Language and Arts Program.
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