DANCING NYAPANYAPA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.06.16

It was an emotional night as the Bangarra Dance Theatre - wasn't it once called Bangarra Aboriginal Dance Theatre? – opened a triple bill of dances in Sydney which will tour the country until September and then head for the US and France. It was only last month that Bangarra's Songman, David Page, died after contributing no fewer than 27 scores over the years to Bangarra – including that for 'Macq' in this triple bill. As Stephen Page, his brother, supposedly celebrating 25 years of work with the company, admitted to me just before opening night, “It's only the work that's keeping me going”. He also lost his mercurial dancing brother, Russell a decade or so ago. Stephen had contributed 'Nyapanyapa' to the bill. This, of course, is a tribute to the art and character of Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, the Yolgnu artist from East Arnhemland who has exhibited difference ever since she was youthful. For it was then that she was wounded and traumatised by a buffalo goring which detached her from her high-profile siblings such as Manduwuy (of Yothu Yindi), Galarrwuy (of the Northern Land Council) and Gulumbu, the late, great artist featured in, amongst other places, the Musee du quai Branly. When Nyapanyapa came eventually to art, it was to tell of her personal trauma in a way that challenged the 'rules' of Yolgnu painting, which invariably involve myth and ritual. She was a free spirit, and won the first NATSIAA 3D Award given to digital media by simply telling her story in words as well as pictures. Later, she moved to expressionism, motivating her barks and larrikidtj with abstract line marking that brought her recognition at the second NGA Triennial and found favour in Biennales alongside the world's most innovative artists. How on earth to encompass all this» Read More

 

STATISTICS 2

STATISTICS 2

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.06.16

It would seem that I'm a naïve optimist! Whereas I thought the 'industry' around Indigenous art would really like to know an honest figure for the size of the business rather than hang on to past guesstimates, and would want...» Read More

 

FILMS GO BACK TO COUNTRY

FILMS GO BACK TO COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.06.16

The Sydney Film Festival opened with an Indigenous thriller and followed up with a Black documentary that is also slated for a theatrical release. But the coincidental parallels between the two were almost as important as each film on its...» Read More

 

VITAL STATISTICS

VITAL STATISTICS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.06.16

For a long time I've mocked the guesstimates which have attributed huge numbers to the 'market' for Indigenous art – a $200 million a year turnover is a common fantasy. Or is it? It was therefore intriguing to come across...» Read More

 

CLEVERMAN

CLEVERMAN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.05.16

“There's less and less being made unless it's a superhero movie”, complained the Aussie director Jocelyn Moorehouse (The Dressmaker, Proof, etc) in the SMH last week. Well that's the opposite of the view taken by tyro Indigenous film-maker Ryan Griffen,...» Read More

 

KOOLMATRIE WINS THE RED OCHRE

KOOLMATRIE WINS THE RED OCHRE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.05.16

The annual awards celebrating the unique artistry and contributions of exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists will be presented tonight at a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House.  These prestigious awards consist of the Red Ochre, a Fellowship and...» Read More

 

The Actor, Deputy Lord Mayor, Academics & Students in Newcastle

The Actor, Deputy Lord Mayor, Academics & Students in Newcastle

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 25.05.16

Reconciliation Week starts this coming Friday, 27 May 2016, and the Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG) are running BLACK WHITE & RESTIVE which celebrates the work of over 60 artists and their cross-cultural art practices. It will be opened by the...» Read More

 

FINALISTS FOR NATSIAAS ANNOUNCED

FINALISTS FOR NATSIAAS ANNOUNCED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.05.16

It looks as though my predictions regarding the selection of finalists for the 2016 Telstra NATSIAAs have come true with more than a quarter of the fortunate 75 finalists originating in the southern cities rather than northern communities. This is...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Event

DANCING NYAPANYAPA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.06.16

It was an emotional night as the Bangarra Dance Theatre - wasn't it once called Bangarra Aboriginal Dance Theatre? – opened a triple bill of dances in Sydney which will tour the country until September and then head for the...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

STATISTICS 2

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.06.16

It would seem that I'm a naïve optimist! Whereas I thought the 'industry' around Indigenous art would really like to know an honest figure for the size of the business rather than hang on to past guesstimates, and would want...» Read More

Events: Event

LOTS HAPPENING

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.09.15

So much news to share with you, I'm having to collate it all into a single story: 1. The Istanbul Biennial is about to hit the headlines as Sydney's last Biennale did – with action by the artists involved in...» Read More

Events: Event

Details of Exciting New Tarnanthi Festival

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.15

More than 300 artists from across Australia will showcase work in TARNANTHI (pronounced TAR-nan-dee), the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, right across Adelaide from 8 -18 October - with exhibitions continuing at the SA Art...» Read More

 

 


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