Katoomba Civic Centre
The Katoomba Civic Centre upgrade includes the establishment of a cowork space at the site of the old library, the installation of artworks, landscaping, repainting, upgraded seating and improved...
Three local artists are helping to transform the Katoomba Civic Centre as part of an exciting long-term vision to reactivate this precinct.
On 17 August, Dharug woman and local Blue Mountains artist, Leanne Tobin, installed the first work, entitled Yanema Waradah (Walk with Waratahs), an arresting array of art panels that relates to First Peoples creation and cultural stories.
Leanne Tobin is of Irish, English and Aboriginal ancestry, descending from the Buruberong and Wumali clans of the Dharug, the traditional Aboriginal people of the Greater Sydney region. Leanne uses her art to tell local stories and to evoke an environmental conscience and respect towards the land and its original people. Her art practice seeks to encourage an open and honest dialogue about the past and to nurture, respect and care for Country, paying homage to our Old People and their legacy.
Artist's statement: Leanne Tobin
"This artwork acknowledges that we stand on the lands of the Dharug and Gundungurra people, the Traditional Custodians of this region.