2015

January, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAJOR INDIGENOUS EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM

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

February, 2015

ROTHWELL'S RADICAL RESOLUTION

ROTHWELL'S RADICAL RESOLUTION

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.02.15

It's increasingly important to read The Australian newspaper for an understanding of Indigenous affairs. For the culture that Aboriginal Art Directory readers care about emerges only from the conditions in which remote Aboriginal elders and artists live. A recent series...» Read More

WALKING WITH BUNGAREE

WALKING WITH BUNGAREE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.02.15

“This is the most important project I've worked on in my life”. Veteran Indigenous curator, Djon Mundine's statement quite shocked an audience on Middle Head on Saturday, especially those who clearly thought his 'Aboriginal Memorial' of 200 larrikitj poles from...» Read More

Archie and Jandamarra meet the Tandanya Studio

Archie and Jandamarra meet the Tandanya Studio

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.02.15

The Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute (NACI) is presenting three separate exhibitions at their Adelaide Galleries, opening this week, which will display works by two contemporary Aboriginal artists, Archie Moore and Jandamarra Cadd, to run alongside a show by Pitjantjatjara...» Read More

MAGNT MODIFICATION

MAGNT MODIFICATION

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.02.15

The Museum and Art Gallery of the NT advertised for a Director at the weekend. No news of the sacking of the current Director – Pierre Arpin – had leaked south; so this was a major surprise. There was no...» Read More

Farewell Sally Gabori

Farewell Sally Gabori

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 13.02.15

“Danda ngijinda dulk, danda ngijinda malaa, danda ngad - This is my Land, this is my Sea, this is who I am”, said Sally Gabori about her solo exhibition at Alcaston Gallery held just 4 months ago. As Jeremy Eccles...» Read More

Darwin Art Fair Registrations Open

Darwin Art Fair Registrations Open

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.02.15

Art Centre registrations open online from the 23 February for the 2015 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF), this year to be held from the 7th to the 9th of August. Coinciding with Australia's the NATSIAA's, DAAF is Australia's leading national...» Read More

LAVERTY SALE

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

The Wild Australia Troupe

The Wild Australia Troupe

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 20.02.15

A little before 1892, a group of 27 Indigenous people came together from the groups of Wakaya, Kuthant, Kurtjar, Arapa, Walangama, Mayikulan, Kabi Kabi, Kalkadoon and Muralag. There were 22 men, four women and one child. And the man behind...» Read More

Don't 'Kill The Messenger'

Don't 'Kill The Messenger'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.02.15

Nakkiah Lui is hot. The Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander writer now has her second play on at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney – and she's moved Upstairs from the more experimental Downstairs theatre – and she claims she...» Read More

Major Artist of the Kimberley, Jack Dale

Major Artist of the Kimberley, Jack Dale

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 25.02.15

Set to open at the Burrinja Gallery just out of Melbourne is an exhibition of one of the great artists of the Kimberley, Jack Dale Mengenen. Jack Dale was famous for documenting aspects of his culture and key moments of...» Read More

The life of Daisy Munmurria Andrews

The life of Daisy Munmurria Andrews

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 27.02.15

A service commerating the life of Daisy Munmurria Andrews (1935 - January 2015), much loved artist from the West Kimberley, will be held tomorrow at the Fitzroy Crossing Recreation Hall at 8.30am. An early NATSIAA winner, Daisy Andrews' art was...» Read More

March, 2015

Gone But Not Forgotten

Gone But Not Forgotten

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 09.03.15

If anyone wanted proof of the tribal differences that still define Aboriginal Australia then the individual painting styles that four recently dead women artists made their own ought to be sufficient. Sadly, in the last few months, we've lost Angelina...» 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

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

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

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

April, 2015

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

ART MOVES IN DARWIN

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

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

CRY FOR HELP

CRY FOR HELP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.04.15

The distressing efforts of governments – Federal, State and Territory – to escape their responsibilities for remote Aboriginal communities – out-stations or homelands – was, of course, personified by the immortal words of our PM that living in such inconvenient...» Read More

THE BRITS EXPERIENCE INDIGENOUS CIVILISATION

THE BRITS EXPERIENCE INDIGENOUS CIVILISATION

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.04.15

Oh, the Poms love to get in a tizz about Australian art and culture! Remember the 'Australia' show of landscapes 18 months ago at the Royal Academy – we were mocked left, right and centre for trying to reflect the...» Read More

MAWURNDJUL REFOUND

MAWURNDJUL REFOUND

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.04.15

We recently published the Chair of ANKAAA, Djambawa Marawili's cry from the heart about the essential importance of outstations to the maintenance of Aboriginal culture and art. Now, from over in Western Arnhemland, there's a story about the debilitating effects...» Read More

May, 2015

'HALF WAY BETWEEN ROTHKO AND POLLOCK'

'HALF WAY BETWEEN ROTHKO AND POLLOCK'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.05.15

The enthusiasm of businessman and art collector Pat Corrigan is undiminished at 82. Having made a motza out of freight forwarding, this nugget of a man has embraced art for 40 years, accumulating 3000 works, 1000 of which have been...» Read More

MITZEVICH GOES BUSH

MITZEVICH GOES BUSH

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.05.15

Visiting the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the north west of South Australia in recent weeks, SA Art Gallery Director Nick Mitzevich kept asking himself how he’d feel if someone told him where he could or couldn’t live. Since...» Read More

A Riposte to Christopher Allen

A Riposte to Christopher Allen

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.05.15

“Of course (my italics), it is only the cultural meanings that give the works substance and authority”. What a sentence! It could only have come from my long-time professional acquaintance, Christopher Allen – a man employed by the Weekend Australian...» Read More

The Australia Council Wants You

The Australia Council Wants You

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 12.05.15

As of today the Australia Council for the Arts will be hosting discussion sessions across the country about the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts - and Executive Director of ATSI Arts, Lydia Miller, is inviting ATSI artists...» Read More

THE NEW BLACK

THE NEW BLACK

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.05.15

No, not a fashion item, but the title of a new Aboriginal musical which is building support like a rolling stone and will be playing for 2 nights this week at the Gold Coast Arts Centre. I was lucky enough...» Read More

GalaBid Online Auction Supporting NT's Environmental Defenders Office

GalaBid Online Auction Supporting NT's Environmental Defenders Office

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 13.05.15

The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) has been defunded by the Government, and their offices are about to close. But in the Northern Territory Aboriginal artists have stepped in by donating artworks to be auctioned online with proceeds going to the...» Read More

NEW NAME AT MAGNT

NEW NAME AT MAGNT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.05.15

A surprise announcement from the NT Government has revealed the replacement of the existing Director of the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT (MAGNT) – Pierre Arpin – by Marcus Schutenko, the current CEO of the Museum of Chinese...» Read More

A Minefield of Madness, Badness, and Sadness

A Minefield of Madness, Badness, and Sadness

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.05.15

A collaborative work between Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Fiona Hall has been included in Fiona Hall's latest exhibition, Wrong Way Time, at the new Australian Pavilion in this year's prestigious Venice Biennale. The work, Kuka Irititja (Animal from Another Time),...» Read More

THE CODE ON HOLD

THE CODE ON HOLD

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.05.15

It's hiatus time at the Indigenous Art Code (IartC). At a time when there seem to be more debates about the artform and its marketing, the new, one-person administrator of the Federally-funded authority “overseeing ethical trade and good professional conduct”...» Read More

2015 Parliament of NSW Art Prize Opens

2015 Parliament of NSW Art Prize Opens

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 19.05.15

With works as broad as handmade paper, sculpture, jewellery and paintings, it's no wonder there were a record number of entries in last year's NSW Parliament Aboriginal Art Prize. And the winner, Nicole Foreshew, became the first artist to win...» Read More

BRANDIS CUTS BEGIN TO BITE

BRANDIS CUTS BEGIN TO BITE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.05.15

This came through from the Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australia Council earlier this month: “The Australia Council is hosting discussion sessions across the country about the futures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts to realise a culturally ambitious...» Read More

Gary Foley Awarded 2015 Red Ochre

Gary Foley Awarded 2015 Red Ochre

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 27.05.15

Australia Council's 8th National Indigenous Arts Awards will be held at the Sydney Opera House. And this year, the Awards - comprising the prestigious Red Ochre, two Fellowships and the Dreaming Award - will be celebrating the work of Gary...» Read More

Bungaree wins top museums and galleries award

Bungaree wins top museums and galleries award

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.05.15

Mosman Art Gallery has won the top National Award at this year’s Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs) for its contemporary Aboriginal arts project, Bungaree's Farm. The Gallery was also the winner in the Indigenous Project category. Bungaree's Farm –...» Read More

June, 2015

THE IRREPRESSIBLE MRS B

THE IRREPRESSIBLE MRS B

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.06.15

The late Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa – more frequently known as Mrs Bennett or Mrs B – is the latest Aboriginal artist to receive the accolade of a Big Picture Book costing over a hundred dollars ($110 from Macmillan, to be precise)....» Read More

'EARTH AND SKY' AT TARRAWARRA

'EARTH AND SKY' AT TARRAWARRA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.06.15

When the eight Indigenous artists chosen for the Musee du quai Branly commission were announced in 2005, John Mawurndjul from Maningrida made a dynamic speech entirely in his Kuninjku language, and everyone there at the Art Gallery of NSW felt...» Read More

Resale Royalty Admin Fee Increase

Resale Royalty Admin Fee Increase

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 09.06.15

Copyright Agency has just announced a 5% increase in its administration fees on Resale Royalties, to take effect from 1 July 2015. This increase brings the service cost to 15%, in line with fees being charged by resale schemes internationally....» Read More

July, 2015

Master of Art, Humour & Political Insight

Master of Art, Humour & Political Insight

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 16.07.15

2015 Archibald finalist Adam (aka Black Douglas) Hill has talked about the subject of his entry, Smoke and mirrors Uncle Max Eulo as having, "...etched his way into modern Sydney Aboriginal culture somewhat enigmatically. "I recall seeing him for the...» Read More

TELSTRAS CHARGE ON

TELSTRAS CHARGE ON

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.07.15

The recent release of the 65 names that will be adjudged next month for the six National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art awards – the NATSIAAs – conceal some remarkable developments in Darwin. It seems unlikely that they originated...» Read More

BLAK WIT IN THE WEST

BLAK WIT IN THE WEST

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.07.15

The differences between the two major Indigenous art prizes in Australia – the NATSIAAs in Darwin and the WA Indigenous Art Awards in Perth – may be widening. While this year's finalists up North are predominantly artists from remote communities...» Read More

The Wonderful World of Wayne Quilliam

The Wonderful World of Wayne Quilliam

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 23.07.15

Wayne Quilliam is described as one of Australia’s pre-eminent Indigenous photographic artists, curators and cultural advisors working on the international scene. But to be a little more specific, he has won a Walkley Award, been named a NAIDOC Artist of...» Read More

The Mural Project

The Mural Project

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.07.15

Zhou Xiaoping is a Melbourne-based artist who learnt the technique of traditional brush painting under the tutelage of a great master while growing up in the Anhui province of China. He arrived in Australia in 1988, and staged an exhibition...» Read More

LESS THAN 24 HOURS TO GO!

LESS THAN 24 HOURS TO GO!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 31.07.15

For $500 or more you could earn yourself an original water-colour from Hermannsberg and help to complete a documentary film about that school of painting, about the life of its founder, Albert Namatjira, and about joys and tensions of a...» Read More

August, 2015

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

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

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

“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

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

September, 2015

HISTORY TO BE MADE THIS WEEKEND

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

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

TOO MANY FAIRS?

TOO MANY FAIRS?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.09.15

Is it four or is it five art fairs opening in Sydney this week? It seems they have a tendency to multiply; for Sydney Contemporary 13, two years ago, pioneered the arrival of serious artfair business in Sydney all on...» Read More

Question of Ethics

Question of Ethics

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 15.09.15

Leichhardt Council is about to host a panel discussion on ethical trade of Aboriginal art. It comes after a pop-up auction house offering Aboriginal art with questions around provenance (reported by Amos Aikman in The Australian) began renting space in...» Read More

 A MESSAGE FOR MALCOLM?

A MESSAGE FOR MALCOLM?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.09.15

“This chair is a special chair. This chair tells a story. We the women of the Ngannyatjarra Lands invite the Government people to come here and to sit down with us. Use your eyes and look around. Open your ears...» Read More

DR J.N.GUMBULA

DR J.N.GUMBULA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.09.15

Joseph Neparrnga Gumbula was a generous man. And coming from an influential family – his father, Tom Djawa's art is held in collections around the world - it was inevitable that he would assume a role of teacher in building...» Read More

PUTUPARRI AND THE RAINMAKERS

PUTUPARRI AND THE RAINMAKERS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.09.15

“The documentary is an astonishing ten-year labour of love by film-maker Nicole Ma, documenting the fragile line by which endangered Indigenous cultures are passed from one generation to the next. The fragility of this slender thread has been observed in...» Read More

SALTWATER IN ISTANBUL

SALTWATER IN ISTANBUL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.09.15

Prominent Indigenous artists and culturally significant artworks are currently taking part in the 14th Istanbul Biennial, one of the most prestigious biennials on the visual arts calendar, which opened last Saturday. Djambawa Marawili and Vernon Ah-Kee have been commissioned by...» Read More

DOWN TO EARTH

DOWN TO EARTH

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.09.15

Featuring the work of seven artists from southern Australia, Primavera 2015 opened to the public on 22 September at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. The artists in this year’s curation extract earth materials, work with sound, video and installation and...» Read More

October, 2015

Winners 2015 NSW Parliament Art Prize

Winners 2015 NSW Parliament Art Prize

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.10.15

Shevaun Wright, a previous finalist and 2012 winner of the UNSW Art & Design Indigneous Professional Development Award, has this year taken out the $40,000 NSW Parliament Aboriginal Art Prize with her controversial entry, Site Specific Work [Suggested Corporate Names...» Read More

TARNANTHI TRIUMPHANT

TARNANTHI TRIUMPHANT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.10.15

“Story is so rich in Aboriginal art; it does help to know the back-story when viewing it”. Nici Cumpston, Artistic Director of the new Tarnanthi (pronounced Tar-Nan-Dee) Festival that's making its debut currently in Adelaide, speaks truth, as any curator...» Read More

Super Art and Write-Off Measures for SMSFs

Super Art and Write-Off Measures for SMSFs

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 20.10.15

Email Michael Unless new Arts Minister in Canberra, Mitch Fifield, can be tempted to cross the Treasury/Brandis line that art is bad for super funds, the months leading up June 30th 2016 are going to see panic selling of...» Read More

Keeping Art in Your Super

Keeping Art in Your Super

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 25.10.15

Email Michael You can keep art in your Super advises specialist art market accountant, Michael Fox, in this follow-up to his article on SMSF write-off measures - and invest in more. Here's how. Since the Cooper Report made its...» Read More

OVER-PRODUCTION OF ABORIGINAL ART

OVER-PRODUCTION OF ABORIGINAL ART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.10.15

“Art Centres need to consider regulating the number of art products that are released on to the market, critically assessing the price points of their art products, and marketing them appropriately”. Those are the critical conclusions of a series of...» Read More

Ethical collecting and Indigenous Art in Melbourne

Ethical collecting and Indigenous Art in Melbourne

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.10.15

Following from the recent discussion on ethical collecting of Indigenous art in Leichardt, Sydney, Melbourne is tackling the topic this weekend. An expert panel lead by gallerist Vivien Anderson will discuss issues around the buying of Indigenous art and artefacts...» Read More

November, 2015

Delicate Nobby Man Comes Home

Delicate Nobby Man Comes Home

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.11.15

On 9th November, the new Arts Minister, Sen. Mitch Fyfield welcomed the return of Aboriginal ancestral remains from the United Kingdom to the Dunghutti community of New South Wales. On 2 November, the ancestor, who was removed originally from Delicate...» Read More

A Murri to the Murray

A Murri to the Murray

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 24.11.15

Arone Meeks is in Mildura at The Art Vault, a privately funded contemporary arts facility housing three gallery spaces as well as specialist printmaking facilities. Named after the building's original incarnation as a bank, The Art Vault was opened in...» Read More

THE VERNACULAR AT THE ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL

THE VERNACULAR AT THE ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.11.15

You can spend three years planning for a massive event like the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial (APT) at QAGoMA in Brisbane, and then something small and unpredictable but remarkable happens quite outside all your planning. So, on the Sunday of...» Read More

December, 2015

Darwin's Chan Building to be Transformed

Darwin's Chan Building to be Transformed

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.12.15

One of the most exciting architectural projects in the Northern Territory will be led by local firm DKJ projects.architects in partnership with the nationally acclaimed Fender Katsalidis Mirams Architects. The re-purposing of Darwin’s Chan Building into a modern, dedicated visual...» Read More

BANGARRA PLAYS IT AGAIN

BANGARRA PLAYS IT AGAIN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.12.15

When Humphrey Bogart in 'Casablanca' demanded that the pianist at Rick's nightclub,“Play it, Sam; play 'As Time Goes By'” - he never actually said, “Play it again.....” - he was expecting a pretty faithful repetition of his favourite song. And...» Read More

2015: Iron Ore down, Gertie Huddleston up

2015: Iron Ore down, Gertie Huddleston up

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.12.15

It has been a year to forget for investors in BHP Billiton Ltd, one of the largest companies by value listed on the Australian stock exchange, with its revenues falling on declining iron ore prices, battling an environmental disaster in...» Read More

REVOLUTIONARY <em>ENCOUNTERS</em>

REVOLUTIONARY ENCOUNTERS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.12.15

Most of the coverage you might have read or heard about the innovative 'Encounters' exhibition at the National Museum of Australia (NMA – in Canberra) has concentrated on the issue of whether the 152 Indigenous objects borrowed from the British...» Read More

GRAYSON RECANTS

GRAYSON RECANTS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.12.15

“…when I see those Indigenous paintings crop up in contemporary art shows, I go: ‘Are they contemporary artists?”, remarked Grayson Perry in an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald in early October. Now he's used the SMH again...» Read More

TRACEY MOFFATT FOR VENICE

TRACEY MOFFATT FOR VENICE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.12.15

Photographer, film-maker and witty film montage-maker, Tracey Moffatt has been selected as the sole Australian representative for the 2017 Venice Biennale. She will be the first Indigenous-identifying artist to get a solo show there after Rover Thomas shared the Australian...» Read More

CHRISTMAS BOOKS

CHRISTMAS BOOKS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.12.15

The spate of Aboriginal art publishing seems to have diminished just a tad this year. Which may be no bad thing for avid collectors with limited shelf space! They do all tend to be BIG books. Undoubtedly the must-buy of...» Read More