HISTORY TO BE MADE THIS WEEKEND

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.09.15

With the annual Desert Mob show and fair happening this weekend in Alice Springs, many will also be dashing up the Tanami Track to Yuendumu on Sunday to be present at the historic re-opening of the Yuendumu Men's Museum – closed since the late 70s – the place that brought ceremonial art in from the deserts to the new settlements where tribal people were being encouraged to live a year before similar events occurred in Papunya. This is what I wrote when the story first broke in 2007 in the Aboriginal Studies Journal: The foundation myth is simple: Aboriginal art as we know it today – acrylic painting on canvas - emerged from Papunya in 1971/2. But now the question is being asked - was the less well-known Yuendumu community actually the progenitor of the contemporary Aboriginal painting movement? This fascinating theory has it that it was at this Warlpiri township, 150kms up the Tanami Track from Papunya, settled in the 60s, that the initial decision was made to give ceremonial art a permanent form. Ironically, it took the form of painting on the walls of a museum that the male elders had built; but, unlike the iconic Papunya School wall paintings that we know so much about, it's still there. It's even possible that school-teacher Geoffrey Bardon witnessed the opening of the Yuendumu Museum on 31 July 1971; and it's certain that Paddy Japaljarri Stewart – one of the artists who tackled the Yuendumu school doors in the 1980s - was painting in both Yuendumu in the late 60s and at the Papunya school a year or so later. So perhaps Papunya wasn't the tabula rasa we've always been lead by Bardon to believe it was? Although Papunya painting quickly mutated from a project mainly intended to impress and» Read More

 

LOTS HAPPENING

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

 

Details of Exciting New Tarnanthi Festival

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

 

“ABORIGINAL POINT OF VIEW” IN LONDON.

“ABORIGINAL POINT OF VIEW” IN LONDON.

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.08.15

“It is a display that is objective and intelligent enough to recognise the gulfs in understanding between Europe and Australia, not as something to be vainly bridged by an apologist, or as sentimental history, but as an indelible and unmovable...» Read More

 

DARWIN – THE BIGGER PICTURE

DARWIN – THE BIGGER PICTURE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.08.15

This is how I began my first, impressionistic report from the Telstra Prizes last week: “Bold' was the word that kept springing to mind as I viewed the 2015 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (the NATSIAAs) in...» Read More

 

Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 09.08.15

Glenda Nicholls has been awarded the $30k Deady Art Award for her woven scuptural work, A Woman's Rite of Passage. Glenda is the granddaughter of the late Sir Doug Nicholls, a talented AFL footballer and the first Aboriginal person to...» Read More

 

32ND NATSIAAS

32ND NATSIAAS

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 07.08.15

'Bold' was the word that kept springing to mind as I viewed the 2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (the NATSIAAs) in Darwin and considered the winners selected by a triumvirate of judges. Could there be a...» Read More

 

Thancoupie’s Bursary and CIAF 2015

Thancoupie’s Bursary and CIAF 2015

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 07.08.15

On 28th July the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair hosted a magical breakfast in honour of Thancoupie, the beloved elder artist from Cape York who had passed away in 2011. As inaugural patron of CIAF alongside the Governor of Queensland, in...» Read More

 

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HISTORY TO BE MADE THIS WEEKEND

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.09.15

With the annual Desert Mob show and fair happening this weekend in Alice Springs, many will also be dashing up the Tanami Track to Yuendumu on Sunday to be present at the historic re-opening of the Yuendumu Men's Museum –...» Read More

Industry Corner: 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

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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