Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home)
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork

2 August 2013 – extended until the 20 October 2013
Final viewing, 24 October 2013
John Curtin Gallery

The John Curtin Gallery would like to forewarn all viewing this webpage that it features the works and names of artists who are now deceased.

The John Curtin Gallery proudly presents an exhibition of recently rediscovered artworks created between 1945 and 1951 by Aboriginal children from the Stolen Generations at the Carrolup Native Settlement in Western Australia’s Great Southern region.

The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was formally transferred to Curtin University from Colgate University, New York in May 2013. This followed negotiations between Colgate, Curtin, senior elders of the Noongar community in the Great Southern region and the Mungart Boodja Art Centre.

Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home) – The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, celebrates the return to Western Australia of these extraordinary works, created as part of an inspired teaching program devised to alleviate the suffering of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their parents and incarcerated at Carrolup in accordance with the Government’s policy of assimilation in the late 1940s.

Exhibition resources >>

Exhibition catalogue

List of artworks

Once known child artist, The take off? c1949, pastel on paper, 280mm × 385mm
Reynold Hart, A Native Corroboree c1949, pastel on paper, 750mm × 1120mm
Parnell Dempster, Down to drink c1949, pastel on paper, 585mm × 760mm
Barry Loo, At Bay c1949, Oil Pastel on board, 751mm x 1105mm
Attributed to Keith Indich, The Colours of the Setting Sun c1949, Pastel and graphite on paper, 289mm x 449mm
The children of Carrolup in their classroom with Noel and Lily White and visitors from Katanning c1948