NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART GALLERY FOR ALICE SPRINGS?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.02.17

The relatively new Northern Territory Labor Government’s $50 million election commitment to build an Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery is a major step closer with the announcement of two prominent Aboriginal Central Australians as Co-Chairs for the project's Steering Committee. Curator and consultant Hetti Perkins and Philip Watkins, Chief Executive of Desart, the peak industry body for Central Australian Aboriginal art centres, will lead a Committee of experts to undertake the initial consultation work for the National Indigenous Art Gallery, including considering where it should be located within Alice Springs. Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the National Indigenous Art Gallery would be a major national and international tourism drawcard: “The Territory Labor Government is listening to the community and getting to work, this is a very exciting time for Alice Springs,” Ms Moss said. “We are investing $50 million towards this major project which will deliver jobs and economic growth through tourism and construction and provide better facilities for artists to showcase their art”. The Steering Committee will run for six months, creating a solid base on which the Gallery’s foundations can be built. Assistant Minister for the National Indigenous Art Gallery, Chansey Paech welcomed the appointment of the Co-Chairs. “Hetti Perkins and Philip Watkins will be perfect in this role because they are widely known and respected across the country for their professionalism and their skill at bringing people together from different social, geographic and political backgrounds,” Mr Paech said. “I look forward to working with them to drive the initial stage of the government’s vision for this significant investment in Alice Springs.” Perkins, formerly responsible for building up the large collection of Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of NSW, said the National Indigenous Art Gallery would be an opportunity to showcase Indigenous art nationally» Read More

 

QUICKSILVER

QUICKSILVER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.02.17

Nicolas Rothwell surprises, delights...and frustrates. The premiere writer about Indigenous culture in the country has written a book (though it's advertised as a collection of essays) which is poised on the brink of being a definitive study of the relationship...» Read More

 

Local Aborigines Back SA Windfarm

Local Aborigines Back SA Windfarm

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.02.17

Despite massive controversy in Canberra about the benefits of renewable energy and its effect on statewide blackouts in South Australia, the irony has emerged that Parliament House's lights are actually going to be powered in future by the wind blowing...» Read More

 

FURTHER THOUGHTS ON KATTER'S BILL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.02.17

The generally positive reception for Bob Katter MP's introduction into Parliament of a Bill to prohibit “unfair practices in supplying and trading in Indigenous art and merchandise”, about which I wrote on Tuesday, lead me to think further and recall...» Read More

 

KATTER'S LAW

KATTER'S LAW

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.02.17

Yesterday independent MP Bob Katter introduced a private bill to the Federal Parliament which he hopes will stop non-Indigenous people - including foreigners - from exploiting and profiting from the "oldest culture on earth" through the sale of fake Aboriginal...» Read More

 

Warlpiri Act of Memory

Warlpiri Act of Memory

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.02.17

Today, the UNESCO 'Memory of the World' Australian Register has accepted on to a list of just 57-precious items a collection of drawings made by Warlpiri people in the 1950s. It consists of 169 crayon drawings collected by noted anthropologist...» Read More

 

Japanese 'Didg' Star in Sydney

Japanese 'Didg' Star in Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.02.17

News Source: Press Release Japanese artist and musician, Hiroki Morimoto, more popularly known as the artist Goma, is being brought to Sydney for the first time by The Japan Foundation for a special performance of his didgeridoo music for one...» Read More

 

BAYALA

BAYALA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.02.17

“Language is the one thing that underpins our culture as a race”, declared 'Uncle' Stan Grant Snr at a key talking session during the Sydney Festival. And Bayala means 'speak' in the local Sydney language bayalaed by the various groups...» Read More

 

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NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART GALLERY FOR ALICE SPRINGS?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.02.17

The relatively new Northern Territory Labor Government’s $50 million election commitment to build an Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery is a major step closer with the announcement of two prominent Aboriginal Central Australians as Co-Chairs for the project's Steering Committee....» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

QUICKSILVER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.02.17

Nicolas Rothwell surprises, delights...and frustrates. The premiere writer about Indigenous culture in the country has written a book (though it's advertised as a collection of essays) which is poised on the brink of being a definitive study of the relationship...» Read More

Events: Event

Japanese 'Didg' Star in Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.02.17

News Source: Press Release Japanese artist and musician, Hiroki Morimoto, more popularly known as the artist Goma, is being brought to Sydney for the first time by The Japan Foundation for a special performance of his didgeridoo music for one...» 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

 

 


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