COUNTRY COMES TO SYDNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.06.17

After the wit, imagination and depth of traditional story-telling in Warwick Thornton's opening night film at the Sydney Film Festival, it was always going to be hard for other Indigenous film-makers to compete. Works that I saw include the new doco, 'Connection to Country', the historic works 'Two Laws' from 1981 and 'My Survival as an Aboriginal' from 1979, and, to my surprise, the thriller 'Australia Day', which turned out to have a strong Indigenous element with both the central cop (Shari Sebbens) and a 14 year old Aboriginal kid from the back-blocks of Brisbane taking key roles. I have to say that 'Connection to Country' was a bit of a disappointment. Its title – says it all really; and I guess I knew much of the message that film-maker Tyson Mowarin was trying to share. Aborigines – in this case, in the Pilbara – love their Country, owe their Country respect and duty, and have to fight like buggery to keep that relationship intact in the face of white people, who, after 230 years, still thinking that owning the land is the only way to live with Australia. And I was expecting much more of Murujugu – the Burrup Peninsular - where maybe a million petroglyphs are under threat from industry encouraged there by WA State governments, until now – when there's the slightest hope that the new ALP government will take some sort of conservational action. But in terms of selling the glories of those ancient images incised on rock, the film-makers seemed restricted by local sensitivities in ways that someone like Mike Donaldson, who's produced a magnificent book of photos, was not. On the other hand, the doco does a fair job pointing out the damning differences between the laws that conserve an early 20th Century stink-pipe» Read More

 

Art for the Environment

Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» Read More

 

Ghost-Nets Straddle the World

Ghost-Nets Straddle the World

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.06.17

There are three spin-offs from last year's exhibition, Australia: Defending the Oceans at the Heart of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, held at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, currently viewable around the world. And the most exciting is at...» Read More

 

THAT BIG FELLAR UP THERE

THAT BIG FELLAR UP THERE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.06.17

“That Big Fellar.....” is none other than the Southern Cross, the 5 stars that grace the sky in the Southern Hemisphere, and feature on our national flag (or flags, if you're a devotee of the Eureka flag). Well, that's what...» Read More

 

Grayson Perry Going Indigenous?

Grayson Perry Going Indigenous?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.06.17

Remember Grayson Perry, the out-spoken English artist who featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2015 and 16 with his Hogarthian commentaries on contemporary UK life in the form of pots, tapestries, sculptures and paintings. Well, one of his...» Read More

 

Barks Bigger than Ben Hur

Barks Bigger than Ben Hur

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.06.17

The bark paintings of Australia's Aboriginal North, so easily put into the shade by the brilliant acrylics of the Deserts, are coming out into the sun. As a foretaste, the Queensland Art Gallery is bringing out Masterworks from the Janet...» Read More

 

Red Ochre for Ken Thaiday

Red Ochre for Ken Thaiday

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.05.17

The delightfully modest Ken Thaiday Snr from the Torres Strait has taken out Indigenous culture's most important award – the 2017 Red Ochre. Selected by his peers and managed by the Australia Council, no Torresian has been recognised since 2005,...» Read More

 

NGA QUINQUENNIAL 2017

NGA QUINQUENNIAL 2017

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.05.17

Oh, so many words, but so little new art that really excites! Let's start with the National Gallery's curator Tina Baum's mantra for the whole event: We defy: By existing; By determining our identity; By asserting our histories; our culture;...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Event

Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

Ghost-Nets Straddle the World

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.06.17

There are three spin-offs from last year's exhibition, Australia: Defending the Oceans at the Heart of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, held at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, currently viewable around the world. And the most exciting is at...» Read More

Events: Event

Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» 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

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Grayson Perry Going Indigenous?

07.06.17 Grayson Perry Going Indigenous?
Serpentine Gallery in the middle of Kensington Gardens, London
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