Leah Purcell Wins Prize for Playwriting & Book of the Year

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 23.05.17

Leah Purcell has been awarded the Nick Enright Prize for Playwrighting ($30,000) in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and also the Book of the Year ($10,000), for The Drover's Wife. It's hoped that the play (which ran at Sydney's Belvoir Theatre last year and in which the multi-talented Purcell also starred) will tour nationally and internationally. A film-script is also being developed. Jeremy Eccles wrote a review of The Drover's Wife during the Belvoir run - which we're re-publishing here. Last year Purcell also directed the Channel 7 series, The Secret Daughter, starring Jessica Mauboy. Filming for the second series is currently underway. Waiting for Alligator (Jeremy Eccles Review) A play less like Samuel Beckett's could hardly be imagined. But like 'Godot', we do spend a good part of 'The Drover's Wife' waiting for, but never meeting Alligator, the legendary dog in the Henry Lawson story that gave Leah Purcell's play its title. We even get the Lawson story told by Purcell – also playing the lead, Molly, the drover's wife – all done and dusted in a minute and bowdlerised in order to transform the heroism of both wife and dog in the original into a morality against the cheating ways of itinerant Aboriginal labour. For Molly is unburdening herself of all her instinctive 1893 prejudices against Yadaka (whom she insists on simply calling Black), offering himself to her as itinerant Aboriginal labour. And is he itinerant! Yadaka claims to be of Guugu Yimithirr stock (sometimes called Koko Imudji) from eastern Cape York, who'd run away with a circus, been dumped in Melbourne, been taken in and educated by a priest and latterly adopted by the local Ngambri Walgulu tribe whose Country stretched from Canberra south through the Snowies, where Molly awaits her Drover husband's return, almost as far» Read More

 

Indigenous Art Curators Off to Venice

Indigenous Art Curators Off to Venice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.05.17

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced that nine established Aboriginal Art Curators are taking part in an international exchange program at the 57th Biennale in Venice. Ozco's Executive Director Strategic Development and Advocacy, Dr Wendy Were explained that...» Read More

 

Dr. Gumana, AO 1935-2016

Dr. Gumana, AO 1935-2016

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.05.17

AAD is delighted to offer this eulogy delivered at Gangan Homeland in Arnhemland on 18 January 2017 by Barbara Spencer, former Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Cultural Foundation, as a tribute to the inspirational Dr Gumana. With her partner, the...» Read More

 

Blak Douglas Finds Home at the NGA

Blak Douglas Finds Home at the NGA

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 21.05.17

1. You already have one artwork in the National Gallery of Australia Collection, now the NGA has acquired The Lucky Country series too. I'm elated to have had the highly provocative suite of digital prints titled The Lucky Country acquired...» Read More

 

BRIAN ROBINSON WINS HAZELHURST WOP

BRIAN ROBINSON WINS HAZELHURST WOP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.05.17

On Friday, Sutherland Shire Council announced Torresian Brian Robinson from Cairns as the winner of the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2017 for his work entitled 'Land Sea Sky – Charting our place in the universe' (2016). Brian Robinson has...» Read More

 

PARRTJIMA 2.0

PARRTJIMA 2.0

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.05.17

The NT Government has announced the appointment of Rhoda Roberts AO as curator of the second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs, running from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017. Roberts has a...» Read More

 

2017 NATSIAAs

2017 NATSIAAs

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.04.17

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is excited to announce that 66 artists have been selected from 300 entries to be part of the country's most prestigious national Indigenous art awards, the Telstra National Aboriginal and...» Read More

 

Yulparitja Rugs

Yulparitja Rugs

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.04.17

The Yulparitja artists of Bidyadanga near Broome have used their agency with that town's Short St Gallery to supply their art to Sydney company, Designer Rugs to produce a set of substantial floor-coverings. Five masters of Yulparitja art - Weaver...» Read More

 

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Leah Purcell Wins Prize for Playwriting & Book of the Year

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 23.05.17

Leah Purcell has been awarded the Nick Enright Prize for Playwrighting ($30,000) in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and also the Book of the Year ($10,000), for The Drover's Wife. It's hoped that the play (which ran at Sydney's Belvoir...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

Indigenous Art Curators Off to Venice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.05.17

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced that nine established Aboriginal Art Curators are taking part in an international exchange program at the 57th Biennale in Venice. Ozco's Executive Director Strategic Development and Advocacy, Dr Wendy Were explained that...» Read More

Events: Event

A PARTING OF THE WAYS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.04.17

To own so much art that you can hold not one but three auction sales of it – the latest of more than 150 works - may seem a tad excessive. But any time spent with Liz Laverty – widow...» Read More

Events: Event

Milingimbi's Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.03.17

In August of last year, AAD writer Jeremy Eccles wrote a review of an exhibition then headed for the Art Gallery of NSW to showcase the work of artists from Milingimbi from the 1950s. In it, he wrote that Milingimbi...» Read More

 

 


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