CRY FOR HELP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.04.15

The distressing efforts of governments – Federal, State and Territory – to escape their responsibilities for remote Aboriginal communities – out-stations or homelands – was, of course, personified by the immortal words of our PM that living in such inconvenient places was just a “lifestyle choice”. How can he even think of himself as 'Prime Minister for Indigenous Australia' when he reveals such a shallow understanding of the role of these communities in maintaining culture, language, health and ceremony and in producing the art that communicates those things most effectively to the wider world? The ultimate losers in this matter are fighting back, though. The Association of Northern Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists (ANKAAA), representing so many art centres in remote communities, recently released this blunt statement: "The ANKAAA Board stands behind the importance of homeland communities. And affirms the vital importance of the ancestral homelands to Indigenous art, languages, law and culture. And to the Australian Indigenous Art Movement". Following up, ANKAAA's chair, the redoubtable Djambawa Marawili AM, great artist and community leader from Eastern Arnhemland, explains their case: I urge the government and wider Australia to respect our Indigenous cultural knowledge base as an asset of inestimable value for Australia and the world; for building strong and healthy livelihoods for my peoples; and fostering effective empowered participation in the mainstream. As an Indigenous artist and cultural leader living in my homeland on ancestral Country in North Australia, I speak for my own and other homeland communities to remind people we are the knowledge holders and caretakers of this Country. In our regions, on our Country, we are the people who can speak for this land and sea. With our internationally recognised Australian Indigenous arts industry; ranger programs; and many developing Indigenous businesses on Country – like cultural tourism,» Read More

 

ART MOVES IN DARWIN

ART MOVES IN DARWIN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.04.15

The Northern Territory Government is helping to create a brand new cultural institution for Darwin, unveiling plans today for a dedicated art gallery in the city's historic Chan Building. Chief Minister Adam Giles and Arts Minister Gary Higgins joined Museum...» Read More

 

RUMINATIONS ON PROVENANCE AND AUTHENTICITY

RUMINATIONS ON PROVENANCE AND AUTHENTICITY

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 15.04.15

Recently I caught one of the BBC’s more interesting TV shows, Fake or Fortune. Hosted by Fiona Bruce of Antiques Roadshow fame, it traced the provenance of a possible missing Impressionist masterpiece. The experts flew around Europe hunting down the...» Read More

 

NEW HIGH-TECH CONSERVATION & ATTRIBUTION CENTRE IN MELBOURNE

NEW HIGH-TECH CONSERVATION & ATTRIBUTION CENTRE IN MELBOURNE

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 15.04.15

Jeremy Eccles interviews Prof Robyn Sloggett, Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) at the University of Melbourne about art fakery, new technology - and her special relationship with Warrmun. The interview forms part of an article on...» Read More

 

SCHOLL SHOW

SCHOLL SHOW

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.04.15

In 2008, collectors Colin and Liz Laverty set out to emphasise just how comfortable they felt in moving on from admiring and buying some of Australia's most adventurous Abstract Expressionist art to doing the same for Aboriginal art. In their...» Read More

 

2015 – YEAR OF AWARDS

2015 – YEAR OF AWARDS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.03.15

If you wanted to survey the state of Indigenous art today in all its richness and variety, then a jetset snapshot national tour at the beginning of August would give you as complete a picture as you're ever likely to...» Read More

 

WA Awards Artists Chosen

WA Awards Artists Chosen

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.03.15

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, one of the richest Indigenous arts prizes in the country, were founded in 2008 to celebrate the scope, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant...» Read More

 

BALGO AT ART ATRIUM

BALGO AT ART ATRIUM

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.03.15

This was a speech I delivered at the opening of this Art Atrium exhibition in Sydney: I feel a close affinity with Balgo – or Wirrimanu as the current location of the community is properly called. I've been there three...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

Industry Corner: Industry

CRY FOR HELP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.04.15

The distressing efforts of governments – Federal, State and Territory – to escape their responsibilities for remote Aboriginal communities – out-stations or homelands – was, of course, personified by the immortal words of our PM that living in such inconvenient...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

ART MOVES IN DARWIN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.04.15

The Northern Territory Government is helping to create a brand new cultural institution for Darwin, unveiling plans today for a dedicated art gallery in the city's historic Chan Building. Chief Minister Adam Giles and Arts Minister Gary Higgins joined Museum...» Read More

Events: Event

LAVERTY SALE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.02.15

I first met the Lavertys – Colin and Liz – in 1995, at the peak of their collecting days. It happened in Warrmun, the painting heart of the East Kimberley. Was it also the peak of the industry as we...» 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

 

 


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