2015 – YEAR OF AWARDS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.03.15

If you wanted to survey the state of Indigenous art today in all its richness and variety, then a jetset snapshot national tour at the beginning of August would give you as complete a picture as you're ever likely to get. You'd have to start in Cairns for its Indigenous Art Fair on the 1st August, swing down to Alice for the exhibition that's just opened celebrating 25 years of the wonderful Desert Mob show, speed up the Stuart Highway to Darwin for the NATSIAAs ceremonial opening on the 7th August, and then wind up in Perth for its rich biennial Indigenous Art Awards that will have opened on 3rd July. So – two generous awards, one artfair that concentrates on Queensland and Torres Strait Islander art, and one 93-work survey of desert art-making from 1992 to the present – which precedes this year's Desert Mob show (and accompanying symposium) opening on 3rd September which will completely fill the Araluen Art Centre between the two of them. “Desert Mob continues to be the only event in Australia that offers a snapshot of what is currently happening in contemporary art from Aboriginal owned art centres across Central Australia, a distance spanning over a million square kilometres and the birthplace of the modern Aboriginal art movement”. That's how curator Stephen Williamson at Araluen touts his silver jubilee event. Interestingly, he also points out that the early years were largely craft-work surveys from as few as 13 art centres. Painting sprung to life in 1996 and as many as 35 centres contribute their hottest talents today. How are our state institutions backing up this snapshot? Probably the most diligent is the WA Gallery, in the process of re-making itself under Director Stefano Carboni. As well as the on-going Desert River Sea project to» Read More

 

WA Awards Artists Chosen

WA Awards Artists Chosen

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.03.15

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, one of the richest Indigenous arts prizes in the country, were founded in 2008 to celebrate the scope, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant...» Read More

 

BALGO AT ART ATRIUM

BALGO AT ART ATRIUM

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.03.15

This was a speech I delivered at the opening of this Art Atrium exhibition in Sydney: I feel a close affinity with Balgo – or Wirrimanu as the current location of the community is properly called. I've been there three...» Read More

 

AWARD FOR ART CO-ORDINATOR

AWARD FOR ART CO-ORDINATOR

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.03.15

Arnhemland arts centre co-ordinator Will Stubbs will be presented with the prestigious Australia Council Visual Arts Award (Advocate) for 2015 at the Council’s inaugural awards ceremony in Sydney on 19 March. The Award recognises Will’s outstanding success as the long-term...» Read More

 

Gone But Not Forgotten

Gone But Not Forgotten

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 09.03.15

If anyone wanted proof of the tribal differences that still define Aboriginal Australia then the individual painting styles that four recently dead women artists made their own ought to be sufficient. Sadly, in the last few months, we've lost Angelina...» Read More

 

The life of Daisy Munmurria Andrews

The life of Daisy Munmurria Andrews

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 27.02.15

A service commerating the life of Daisy Munmurria Andrews (1935 - January 2015), much loved artist from the West Kimberley, will be held tomorrow at the Fitzroy Crossing Recreation Hall at 8.30am. An early NATSIAA winner, Daisy Andrews' art was...» Read More

 

Major Artist of the Kimberley, Jack Dale

Major Artist of the Kimberley, Jack Dale

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 25.02.15

Set to open at the Burrinja Gallery just out of Melbourne is an exhibition of one of the great artists of the Kimberley, Jack Dale Mengenen. Jack Dale was famous for documenting aspects of his culture and key moments of...» Read More

 

Don't 'Kill The Messenger'

Don't 'Kill The Messenger'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.02.15

Nakkiah Lui is hot. The Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander writer now has her second play on at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney – and she's moved Upstairs from the more experimental Downstairs theatre – and she claims she...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

Industry Corner: Event

2015 – YEAR OF AWARDS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.03.15

If you wanted to survey the state of Indigenous art today in all its richness and variety, then a jetset snapshot national tour at the beginning of August would give you as complete a picture as you're ever likely to...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

BALGO AT ART ATRIUM

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.03.15

This was a speech I delivered at the opening of this Art Atrium exhibition in Sydney: I feel a close affinity with Balgo – or Wirrimanu as the current location of the community is properly called. I've been there three...» Read More

Events: Event

LAVERTY SALE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.02.15

I first met the Lavertys – Colin and Liz – in 1995, at the peak of their collecting days. It happened in Warrmun, the painting heart of the East Kimberley. Was it also the peak of the industry as we...» 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

 

 


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