governor smiles at camera with woman in front of artwork

The Governor in front of one part of the large Worl Wangkiny artwork.

7 Mar, 2020

Opening of Worl Wangkiny Aboriginal Astronomy Centre

The Governor attended the opening ceremony of the Worl Wangkiny Aboriginal Astronomy Centre at Perth Observatory (external link).

Perth Observatory was established in 1896 and relocated to Bickley in 1966. The Perth Observatory Volunteer Group volunteers now manage the site and its very popular astronomy themed tour events.

About Worl Wangkiny

Worl Wangkiny, the Noongar language for ‘Sky Stories’, is the name of artwork painted onto the canvas of a large part-constructed telescope dome which has stood vacant for over 12 years.

The new Worl Wangkiny (sky stories) installation is funded by Lotterywest and will be operated in partnership with the Koya Aboriginal Corporation.

The artwork was created by renowned Perth artists Sharyn Egan, Kylie Graham, Peter Farmer Jnr, and James Egan in a project led by Peter Farmer and Miranda Farmer. The artists worked with Follow the Dream students from Governor Stirling Senior High School to paint the artwork and share traditional knowledge.

 

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