JIMMY CHI

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.06.17

The Broome-based playwright who wrote the wonderful Australian musical play, Bran Nue Dae, later turned into a popular film, has died. Jimmy Chi passed away in Broome Hospital yesterday afternoon aged 69. Chi was born in 1948 to a Chinese/Japanese/Anglo-Australian father and a Scottish/Bardi Aboriginal mother. His most acclaimed work is Bran Nue Dae, written in collaboration with his band Kuckles, including the Pigrim Brothers, who got together in 1981 in Adelaide when they were all studying at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music. But he also wrote the musical Corrugation Road, which was first performed in Melbourne in 1996. The show toured Australia, smashing taboos surrounding mental health – of which Chi had first-hand experience through his own bipolar disorder - abuse, sexuality and religion with humour and optimism. Bran Nue Dae is also an autobiographical work which took Jimmy many years to write. It celebrates family, forgiveness and reconciliation and was a hit at the Festival of Perth in 1990 where it was performed by the WA Theatre Company after try-outs at the legendary Sun Pictures in Broome. It went on to tour Australia extensively and was the country's most successful musical play of the early 1990s. One of the famous verses from a song in the musical sums up Chi's dry humour and sharp political approach: "There's nothing I would rather be Than to be an Aborigine and watch you take my precious land away. For nothing gives me greater joy than to watch you fill each girl and boy with superficial existential shit." The national touring of the show brought exposure to WA talents such as Ernie Dingo, Josie/Ningali Lawford, John Moore, Stephen (Baamba) Albert and a production team lead by Andrew Ross with Michael Leslie choreographing and Duncan Ord on lights. At the Perth» Read More

 

Blak Markets at Barangaroo

Blak Markets at Barangaroo

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.06.17

The Blak Markets will return to Sydney’s spectacular harbour headland park, Barangaroo Reserve, with an Aboriginal art market on Sunday, 2 July. Taking place at the beginning of NAIDOC Week, the family-friendly event will be a celebration of Australia’s rich...» Read More

 

COUNTRY COMES TO SYDNEY

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...» 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

 

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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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