MAJOR INDIGENOUS EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.01.15

The Australian National Museum and the British Museum are joining forces to present one of the most important exhibitions of Indigenous Australian art and artefacts ever staged. 'Enduring Civilisation', as it's called, will open in London in April and transfer to Canberra later this year. Most of the objects will be sourced from the British Museum. Among them will be a shield collected after a clash at Botany Bay in 1770 between unwelcoming Gweagal people and Captain James Cook's expedition. Gaye Sculthorpe, the British Museum's curator for this show says the shield is a "truly remarkable, significant, important object. There was a skirmish on the beach and this shield was dropped and it was collected and brought back to England." There is a small hole in the shield believed to have been made by a spear, “symbolic of the first encounters between Europeans and Aboriginal people”. Objects from such early days of white occupation in Sydney are particularly significant because very few are left after fire destroyed the Australian Museum's collection in Sydney in 1882. In the lead up to the exhibitions the British Museum has been consulting Aboriginal people about what should go on display. Gaye Sculthorpe believes the exhibition has the potential to contribute to reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. "And we hope audiences here will be first of all truly astounded to see the beauty and diversity of the objects," she said. "We think it is really important for them to get an understanding of the concept of Country to Indigenous people, and the links between Aboriginal people, objects and Country and how that is portrayed in art, dance, song”. "We also hope the audiences in London, who are very much an international audience totalling 6 million a year, will also get a better understanding of» Read More

 

Cadel Evans Last Ride

Cadel Evans Last Ride

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 23.01.15

Who can't remember the 2011 Tour de France, and the pride and inspiration that arose in us all when Cadel Evans stood on the winner's podium? For though Cadel had a successful career in cycling, he had only come to...» Read More

 

SCHOLL SEEKS THE HOLY GRAIL

SCHOLL SEEKS THE HOLY GRAIL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.01.15

If only more art collectors around the world today could open their eyes and admit, “We'd grown a little tired of the cult of personality and money that the contemporary art world has become, so were looking to re-energise”. They...» Read More

 

RADIANCE

RADIANCE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.01.15

Is this restaging of Louis Nowra's 'Radiance' an 'Aboriginal play'? Is it a snap-shot of real life as three half sisters whose lives have kept them apart are brought theatrically together for their mutual mother's funeral; or is it magic...» Read More

 

Blak Douglas and Adam Geczy's BLAKATTAK

Blak Douglas and Adam Geczy's BLAKATTAK

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 09.01.15

The exhibition BLAKATTAK brings together the talents of Blak Douglas aka Adam Hill and Adam Geczy again, and follows the large-scale exhibition BOMB, held at the AAMU (Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art), Utrecht in 2013. While BOMB dealt with the...» Read More

 

Bungaree: The 200-year Celebration

Bungaree: The 200-year Celebration

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 09.01.15

Bungaree was the first Aboriginal to have been called an ‘Australian’. He was given a land grant at Middle Head in Sydney from colonial authorities and was famous for greeting ships as they entered Sydney Harbour. He also joined explorers,...» Read More

 

Jack Dale Revealing Australia's Hidden past

Jack Dale Revealing Australia's Hidden past

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 08.01.15

Photographer Neil McLeod's professional entree into Aboriginal Australia was through Pastor Doug Nicholls, the first Aboriginal to be knighted and first to be appointed to vice-regal office (he served as Governor of South Australia in the 1970s). The suburb of...» Read More

 

Saltwater Country Opens in the Netherlands

Saltwater Country Opens in the Netherlands

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.01.15

A new exhibition Saltwater Country is set to open at the Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Utrecht on January 11, showing a great diversity of art produced by sixteen artists from Queensland's coastal regions in north-east Australia. They have...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

Industry Corner: Exhibition

MAJOR INDIGENOUS EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.01.15

The Australian National Museum and the British Museum are joining forces to present one of the most important exhibitions of Indigenous Australian art and artefacts ever staged. 'Enduring Civilisation', as it's called, will open in London in April and transfer...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

SCHOLL SEEKS THE HOLY GRAIL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.01.15

If only more art collectors around the world today could open their eyes and admit, “We'd grown a little tired of the cult of personality and money that the contemporary art world has become, so were looking to re-energise”. They...» 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

Events: Event

TWO CHARITY AUCTIONS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.14

With what looks like an unfortunate coincidence of timing, two worthy Indigenous charities are holding art auctions within days of each other. Arts Law is first cab off the rank, celebrating its 30th anniversary of advice specifically tailored for artists...» Read More

 

 


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