WHITLAM MALIGNED BY FAIRFAX

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.10.14

A great wrong has been done to both history and Gough Whitlam's memory by the Fairfax press. Their splendid supplement on Wednesday to commemorate the passing of that great mover and shaker of a slothful Australia contained a section on the arts – more than justified by Whitlam's engagement with such matters as buying 'Blue Poles', creating the Australia Council and Film Commission, attending all sorts and conditions of arts events and supporting the emerging Aboriginal art movement. Of key importance to readers of this site, he initiated the Australia Council's Aboriginal Arts Board. But Fairfax, in recognising this, managed to turn to the one person who might use an opportunity to have his say on such matters malignly – Dr Gary Foley, activist turned academic. He managed to misremember events, which, as the Director of the Board later on, he had every opportunity to recall correctly. He was allowed to say: “He appointed only whites to the Aboriginal Arts Board”, and The Age's Arts Editor made no attempt to check this claim. I did via that abstruse system called Google, and sent off the following letter for either a prominent correction, or for publication: “I'm perplexed that your writers from The Age could have allowed a fanciful Gary Foley to re-write history and claim that Gough Whitlam “appointed only whites to the Aboriginal Arts Board” in 1973. Your own archives for May 4 1973 make it quite clear that every member of the Board was Aboriginal, and indeed, many more were representative of tribal Australia than is the case today. In the interests of accuracy and Whitlam's reputation, I list them all with the qualifications published by the PM's Office at the time: The Board's Chairman is the Aboriginal author and artist, Mr Dick Roughsey of Mornington Island. The» Read More

 

EVERWHEN EVERYWHERE

EVERWHEN EVERYWHERE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.10.14

The Queensland Art Gallery │Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) has unveiled a new permanent display of Indigenous Australian art: ‘Everywhen Everywhere’, which opened last Saturday, 18 October. QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the collection-based exhibition, curated by the Gallery’s curator...» Read More

 

TWO SENIOR ARTISTS LOST TO US

TWO SENIOR ARTISTS LOST TO US

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.10.14

In recent weeks at Yuendumu in the Central Desert and at Amata in the APY Lands, marvellous artists have died. Here are their official life stories: Shorty Jangala Robertson was born around 1925 at Jila (Chilla Well), a large soakage...» Read More

 

NICOLE FORESHEW WINS 2014 NSW PARLIAMENT ABORIGINAL ART PRIZE

NICOLE FORESHEW WINS 2014 NSW PARLIAMENT ABORIGINAL ART PRIZE

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 16.10.14

Nicole Foreshew, a Sydney-based Aboriginal artist, has taken out the 2014 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize - announced at the awards ceremony held at Parliament House overnight. Her work, It comes without seeking 1, was chosen by...» Read More

 

2014 Redland Art Prize Goes to Margaret Loy Pula

2014 Redland Art Prize Goes to Margaret Loy Pula

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 16.10.14

Margaret Loy Pula wins another - this time with the 2014 Redland Art Award for her artwork, Anatye (Bush Potato), selected from 250 entries and 49 finalists. Margaret Loy Pula is the daughter of Kathleen Petyarre and niece of Wynne...» Read More

 

THE TORRES STRAIT IN SYDNEY

THE TORRES STRAIT IN SYDNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.10.14

Ken Thaiday Snr. is an artist of rare talent whose works only infrequently make their way down south. So it's all the more exciting that Sydney is getting to see his largest ever work, specially commissioned by the dynamic Carriageworks...» Read More

 

ABORIGINAL ARTISTS GO MENTAL

ABORIGINAL ARTISTS GO MENTAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.10.14

High profile artists, including four Archibald winners, have joined forces with the ABC and have donated artworks to be auctioned online to help raise funds to boost mental health research in Australia. The ABC Mental As... Art Auction is a...» Read More

 

ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES

ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.10.14

I've just discovered a new TV series starting TONIGHT about Indigenous languages - such a key element in maintaining culture for Aboriginal people. You'll notice that a high proportion of participants are also artists. It's on the NITV channel (associated...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Industry

WHITLAM MALIGNED BY FAIRFAX

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.10.14

A great wrong has been done to both history and Gough Whitlam's memory by the Fairfax press. Their splendid supplement on Wednesday to commemorate the passing of that great mover and shaker of a slothful Australia contained a section on...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

EVERWHEN EVERYWHERE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.10.14

The Queensland Art Gallery │Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) has unveiled a new permanent display of Indigenous Australian art: ‘Everywhen Everywhere’, which opened last Saturday, 18 October. QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the collection-based exhibition, curated by the Gallery’s curator...» Read More

Events: Event

ABORIGINAL ARTISTS GO MENTAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.10.14

High profile artists, including four Archibald winners, have joined forces with the ABC and have donated artworks to be auctioned online to help raise funds to boost mental health research in Australia. The ABC Mental As... Art Auction is a...» Read More

Events: Event

TWO CHARITY AUCTIONS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.14

With what looks like an unfortunate coincidence of timing, two worthy Indigenous charities are holding art auctions within days of each other. Arts Law is first cab off the rank, celebrating its 30th anniversary of advice specifically tailored for artists...» Read More

 

 


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