Western Sydney University
Poetry in First Languages, 2018
Western Sydney University, formerly the University of Western Sydney, is an Australian multi-campus university in the Greater Western region of Sydney. It is a provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher research degrees with campuses in Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, and Penrith. It is currently ranked in the top 400 in the world in the 2014 QS World University Rankings and 19th in Australia in 2015.
Pathways To Dreaming is designed to engage Year 8 to 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in education.
They take part in academic and Aboriginal cultural enrichment workshops at the University and the cohort at each school devises and implements a group project, with mentors facilitating that process. At the end of each year there is a celebratory event where the group projects are showcased.
The program is currently running in 30 South-Western and Western Sydney high schools in the Campbelltown, Liverpool, Penrith, Fairfield, Blacktown and Blue Mountains areas.
Lyndsay Urquhart ran three poetry and dance workshops in the theme of Poetry in First Languages to creatively engage the students in cultural strengthening.
Lyndsay is a Koori woman, who grew up in the Dharawal community of Western Sydney. Lyndsay is now based in the City of Gadigal land, and works as the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation, and an artist education guide at the Art Gallery of NSW. Lyndsay is on the Board of Directors of the Aboriginal Carbon Fund, and works as a freelance documentary filmmaker, and as a remedial massage therapist.
Passionate about art and culture, Lyndsay has worked as a discovery ranger with National Parks and Wildlife, NSW where she was mentored by a Yuin Elder Deidre Martin on culture, bush foods and medicines, and how to appropriately teach culture to the public. Lyndsay has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists for more than 12 years, and as an artist for 5 years. Lyndsay has experience working in local, state and federal government organisations, charities, sporting organisations, and in the corporate environment. In 2007 and 2008, Lyndsay was involved in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.