REDFERN STATION IMPROVEMENT WORKS
Sydney Trains engaged Balarinji to collaborate with the Redfern Aboriginal community to art direct and facilitate Public Art themes and concepts for the Redfern Station improvement works.
Balarinji engaged with endorsed community organisations to confirm the key themes for interpretation at the site. This engagement guided Balarinji-delivered art workshops, involving Balarinji-identified and community-nominated artists.
Four local artists were appointed as a curatorium, comprising Dolly Brown, James Simon Suzy Evans and lead curator Adam Hill (aka Blak Douglas).
Balarinji guided the curatorium to develop integrated art elements for Redfern Station: bollards, glazing & sculptural tree guard.
Redfern is the epicentre of Aboriginal culture in Australia today. And the local community’s Indigenous history has been respectfully incorporated into the Redfern Station Refurbish - Gibbons Street entrance.
Balarinji, an Indigenous Strategy and Design Company, was engaged by Sydney Trains to design artwork for the station precinct that would acknowledge the local Aboriginal community’s unique connection to the land and waterways.
Throughout the revitalised station entrance, the marine motif design is full view with artwork depicting whales, dugongs and fish.
The Aboriginal Employment Unit – Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink were proud to collaborate with such hardworking and passionate Balarinji staff that ensured timelines and project deliverables were met.
Balarinji’s community engagement and consultation process ensures that all community have a voice, are included in the journey and respected when it comes to sharing Aboriginal artwork stories and designs.
Jasmine Seymour, Traditional Custodian, Western Sydney, 2019
Balarinji has been working closely with me on a variety of Art projects over the past few years , in this time Balarinji has provided a responsible integral culturally appropriate approach when dealing with Myself as an Aboriginal Artist.
Balarinji has also work closely alongside My local Aboriginal community and has built a highly praised reputation for being responsible reliable and ethically professional.
I would highly recommend Balarinji without hesitation as a welcome addition to any further Aboriginal artistic community endeavours that they take part in.
Jamie Eastwood, Locally Connected Aboriginal Artist, Western Sydney, 2019