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 and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) board chair, Allan Myers AO QC, to announce the $18.3 million project. “The redevelopment of this space is being jointly funded by the Territory Government via its Budget 2015 and generous contributions from external private sources,” Mr Giles said. “This fantastic building is in a prime position for tourists and locals to access, but it has sat idle and neglected for too long. It’s a travesty and we plan to put this right. The Chan Building will be turned into a state of the art exhibition space and will include a café and retail space, bringing more people into the centre of the city". The Chan is a building with a rich history as a former home for the Territory Parliament. Wonderful how freeing MAGNT from the bureaucratic hands of the NT Government and enticing the influential Allan Myers – Melbourne lawyer, Northern property man and Chair as well of the National Gallery and the Grattan Institute – to Chair an independent Board has enlivened the old institution that always had divided loyalties as a natural history museum and an art gallery. Last August, he let slip to me his thoughts on the future – and Lo, they are coming to pass! Here's how I reported Chairman Myers: “His clear view is that the government retains the duty to pay for the running costs if it acknowledges the need for such an institution in the community. “But the art has to be provided by the people, I believe”, he said. “And, while» 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

 

AWARD FOR ART CO-ORDINATOR

AWARD FOR ART CO-ORDINATOR

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.03.15

Arnhemland arts centre co-ordinator Will Stubbs will be presented with the prestigious Australia Council Visual Arts Award (Advocate) for 2015 at the Council’s inaugural awards ceremony in Sydney on 19 March. The Award recognises Will’s outstanding success as the long-term...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions

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

Industry Corner: Feature

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

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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