Parkies of Old Fitzroy : James Henry

Saturday 20 July 2019 - Friday 08 November 2019

James Henry 'Uncle Robert Lovett, Atherton Gardens, Fitzroy' 2019

This exhibition will be presented across a number of platforms. Large-scale posters will be pasted-up throughout the streets of Fitzroy and Collingwood from 20 July to coincide with Smith Street Dreaming; the images will be projected on the corner of Gertrude and George Streets as part of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival from 26 July to 3 August, every night after dark; and a suite of photographs will be featured at Fitzroy Library from 16 August to 8 November.

Fitzroy, Collingwood and surrounding areas are historically significant for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It is a meeting place; the cradle of Aboriginal affairs; the heart of social and political activism; the birthplace of important Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and organisations; and the place where many Stolen Generations found family for the first time. People came to Fitzroy to connect with community, they gathered around Atherton Gardens, a place that came to be known as ‘the park’. Those who regularly occupied the parks came to refer to themselves as the ‘Parkies’. For a long time they have gathered in locations around Fitzroy and Collingwood. This is their meeting place; they come here to share what they have, to feel connected and to tell a story or play a song.

Melbourne-based photographer and musician, James Henry―a Yuwaalaraay and Yorta Yorta man―is working with the local Parkies to create a series of portraits to celebrate the Aboriginal history and Parkie identity of this area, and to share stories of the lived experiences of some the Parkies who gather here today.

Collingwood and Fitzroy

Date and time:
Outdoors: From 20 July 2019 (24 hours) - Fitzroy Library: 16 August - 8 November 2019 (library hours)
Saturday 20 July 2019 - Friday 08 November 2019

From 20 July throughout the streets of Fitzroy & Collingwood. Fitzroy Library exhibition, 128 Moor St, Fitzroy.