TIWI + JAZZ REVIEW

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.01.16

A wonderfully warm (well, hot actually) performance in the Spiegeltent as part of the Sydney Festival brought about the unlikely combo of a Sydney jazz band and a number of elderly ceremonial performers from the Tiwi Islands. You wouldn't know it from the photos, which show only the front-of-stage hugging Tiwi; but behind them an 8-strong band added orchestration to some songs, improvised wildly around others, and generally added value. But in many ways, the strength of the performance lay in its history. Horn-player Genevieve Campbell had been working with the Tiwi Wangatunga Strong Women's Group for a number of years and accompanied them to Canberra to listen to and copy archival recordings from Bathurst and Melville Islands. The repatriation of this material then informed a collaboration in which the Tiwi elders not only discovered their ancestors' voices going back as far as 1912, when Chief Protector Walter Baldwin Spencer recorded much anthropological material – and some of their own youthful voices from 1954 and 1975 – but decided they had material strong enough to offer it up to the alien competition of a big band. Amazing how different the Western side drum sounds from a traditional clap stick, even when both are simply keeping the beat. The big band, too was brave. They were at the mercy of a classic Aboriginal improvised event, with discussions about what should happen next or whether songs were being sung correctly occurring throughout! But they were also the improvisers – with especial success being achieved by bass clarinet (Jason Noble), trumpet (Casey Nicholson) and violin (Michelle Kelly). The double bass (Dave Ellis) gave us a lumpy German lullaby at some length, and the Tiwi hung in heroically while he improvised. But they got their own back with their own lullaby – first an» Read More

 

Indigenous artists encouraged to enter art award

Indigenous artists encouraged to enter art award

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.01.16

With the first-ever win by an Aboriginal artist – 65-year-old Ben Ward from Kunnunurra, WA – of the $10,000 John Fries Award last year, the organisers are keen to receive even more entries from Indigenous Australian and New Zealand artists...» Read More

 

'CUT THE SKY' REVIEW

'CUT THE SKY' REVIEW

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.01.16

In its latest work for the Sydney Festival, the Broome-based dance theatre, Marrugeku continues with the theme of diminishing optimism for Aborigines in The Kimberley that started with their work, Gudirr Gudirr at the Festival in 2014. But, unlike that...» Read More

 

Is There Anything Comparable in Australia???

Is There Anything Comparable in Australia???

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.01.16

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is awarding US$815,000 to the University of Virginia to create a research center for the study of the indigenous art of Australia and the Americas. The grant provides four years of funding for a proposal...» Read More

 

CULTURE v POLITICS IN SYDNEY

CULTURE v POLITICS IN SYDNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.01.16

After all the trumpeting about the two big International Art Series shows on this summer in Sydney – 'The Greats' from the Scottish National Galleries at AGNSW and Grayson Perry from Essex at the MCA – there was barely a...» Read More

 

underSTATEd 2016

underSTATEd 2016

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 05.01.16

Opening on Monday is underSTATEd, NSW Parliament's biennial exhibition. And this year 44 works on paper are being shown - a collection which includes art by Badger Bates, Danny Eastwood, Roy Kennedy, Nami Maymuru, Joy Duncan and May Hinch. The...» Read More

 

CHRISTMAS BOOKS

CHRISTMAS BOOKS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.12.15

The spate of Aboriginal art publishing seems to have diminished just a tad this year. Which may be no bad thing for avid collectors with limited shelf space! They do all tend to be BIG books. Undoubtedly the must-buy of...» Read More

 

TRACEY MOFFATT FOR VENICE

TRACEY MOFFATT FOR VENICE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.12.15

Photographer, film-maker and witty film montage-maker, Tracey Moffatt has been selected as the sole Australian representative for the 2017 Venice Biennale. She will be the first Indigenous-identifying artist to get a solo show there after Rover Thomas shared the Australian...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Event

TIWI + JAZZ REVIEW

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.01.16

A wonderfully warm (well, hot actually) performance in the Spiegeltent as part of the Sydney Festival brought about the unlikely combo of a Sydney jazz band and a number of elderly ceremonial performers from the Tiwi Islands. You wouldn't know...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

Is There Anything Comparable in Australia???

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.01.16

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is awarding US$815,000 to the University of Virginia to create a research center for the study of the indigenous art of Australia and the Americas. The grant provides four years of funding for a proposal...» 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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