REACHING FOR THE STARS IN WA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.10.14

A collaborative exhibition by artists from Australia and South Africa, exploring the skies as seen through the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, is currently on at Curtin University’s John Curtin Gallery, and will later tour internationally. Yamaji and other Aboriginal artists from the Mid-West region of Western Australia and African artists of San descent and others from the central Karoo region of South Africa have created artworks in response to ancestral stories about the night sky – a sky they both share as it appears above their own traditional homelands. Hence the name, 'Shared Sky'. These sparsely populated, remote areas were specifically chosen for the SKA because of their radio quietness and isolation, making them the perfect sites to co-develop the SKA – the world’s largest radio telescope – itself a collaboration between governments, scientists and engineers from around the world. They are also both sites of rich and ancient traditions that have largely disappeared from view in their ancestral lands but live on strongly in the spirit of the artists working in the community-based art centres of Nieu Bethesda in South Africa and Geraldton and Mullewa in Western Australia. Australian Square Kilometre Array Director, Professor Brian Boyle said this art project reflected the collaborative nature of the SKA project itself. “These are two very different locations, half a world apart, connected by a shared night sky, who will soon share the world’s largest telescope too,” Professor Boyle said. “Now is a great time to take stock and look back on the history and cultural understanding of the night sky, as well as look forward to developing more understanding about that sky and the history of the Universe than ever before.” John Curtin Gallery Director Chris Malcolm said this exhibition was an opportunity for these artists to come» Read More

 

Boneta-Marie Mabo Is The People’s Choice

Boneta-Marie Mabo Is The People’s Choice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.10.14

Sydney artist Boneta-Marie Mabo has been voted the People’s Choice Award winner at the end of this year’s 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) Director Pierre Arpin...» Read More

 

MICHAEL BRAND GOES OUT ON A LIMB

MICHAEL BRAND GOES OUT ON A LIMB

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.10.14

There have been some pretty controversial decisions made since Michael Brand took over the Directorship of the Art Gallery of NSW more than a year ago. Many a senior curator fled in advance of his coming; decent, efficient people have...» Read More

 

WHITLAM MALIGNED BY FAIRFAX

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

 

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

 

Current Exhibitions

Industry Corner: Industry

MICHAEL BRAND GOES OUT ON A LIMB

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.10.14

There have been some pretty controversial decisions made since Michael Brand took over the Directorship of the Art Gallery of NSW more than a year ago. Many a senior curator fled in advance of his coming; decent, efficient people have...» Read More

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

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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