Djamu Indigenous program
'Djamu’ is a word from the Gadigal language, meaning ‘here I am’ or ‘here I come’.
This unique Indigenous art education program provides opportunities for Indigenous students to learn about the Gallery’s collection as well as vocational pathways available in the arts, and integrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concepts, perspectives and cultural practices.
Students develop art-making and art critical skills and gain a greater understanding of the art world and their potential to achieve within it, as artists, curators or other arts professionals.
Indigenous Gallery Educators, as well as teachers from participating schools and the Sydney Region Aboriginal Education Unit, accompany and support students participating in the program.
Djamu Junior (Year 5-6 students)
Students meet and learn from contemporary Indigenous artists such as Esme Timbery, Daniel Boyd, Jason Wing, Genevieve Grieves and Roy Kennedy over three weeks and have the opportunity to make their own artwork in response.
Djamu Senior (Year 10-12 Visual Arts students)
Students work with professionals from the Gallery and from many different areas of the art world, including curators, educators, conservators, registrars and gallery owners. They have the opportunity to meet and work with contemporary Indigenous artists such as Judy Watson, Daniel Boyd and Tony Albert.
Background to the program
The pilot Djamu program was held over eight days from 4 August to 22 September 2009. Students worked with professionals from the Gallery and from many different areas of the art world, including educators, curators, conservators, registrars and gallery owners. They met practising artists including Esme Timbery, Daniel Boyd, Jason Wing, Genevieve Grieves and Roy Kennedy; visited places such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, artist studios and other galleries; and joined in artist-led art workshops and discussion tours of the Gallery’s collections.