The Heathcote Museum & Gallery exhibition program showcases the work of local and national artists, curators and community groups working in diverse art media.
Tilt 2017: Goolugadup Kal-ya-gul
A solo exhibition by Sandra Hill
2 December 2017 – 14 January 2018
Opening Night 1 December
'Goolugadup - Kal-ya-gul' (In English language this means - “Place of children - always; ever; continually.” ‘Goolugadup’ is the Noongar name for Point Heathcote and it means ‘place of children’.)
Noongar artist Sandra Hill was born in South Perth in 1951. Her mother's clan is Balardong and Wilmen people and her father's clan is Wadandi and Menang people of Western Australia. In 1958 Sandra was forcibly removed from her family.
“Art gave me a voice, which has made me strong, it helped to guide me back home, back to my family, my identity, my people, my culture and community.”
Through her works, which have been exhibited widely and are held in major collections, Sandra is always endeavouring to diminish the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
“My initial approach to Tilt was to research the rich Indigenous heritage of the site and get a feeling for the history and the cultural activities on and around the site prior to colonisation. I am endeavouring to develop and create a series of visual images using a variety of media, that reflect first contact with the white man and the changes that followed. Not only for the physicality of the site but also the immediate and far reaching ‘social’ impact that this encounter manifested on to my people. “
The permanent exhibition at Heathcote Museum & Gallery explores the history of the Heathcote Mental Reception Home and the role it played in mental health practice in Western Australia from 1928 to 1996.