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A Lycett for Christmas

A Lycett for Christmas

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-12-18 15:08:56

A delightful project has emerged from the National Library in Canberra and the University of Newcastle's Wollotuka Institute of Aboriginal Studies. “True Light and Shade” takes the early 19th Century artworks of that infamous forger Joseph Lycett and sets them...» Read More

 

THE KIMBERLEY ONLINE

THE KIMBERLEY ONLINE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-11-20 17:19:28

Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now has gone live online at last after a mighty development saga. It's been developed in two phases over 6 years by the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) with $1.8m. support from...» Read More

 

Waringarri Begins Casting...in White Aluminium

Waringarri Begins Casting...in White Aluminium

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-11-14 16:23:09

Waringarri artists, commissioned by Wesfarmers for its official centenary gift, have cast a collection of carved boab nuts in white aluminium. And so impressive is the result that today this Collection officially called, Boab100, was gifted to the Art Gallery...» Read More

 

MICHAEL BRAND GOES OUT ON A LIMB

MICHAEL BRAND GOES OUT ON A LIMB

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-10-29 17:13:06

There have been some pretty controversial decisions made since Michael Brand took over the Directorship of the Art Gallery of NSW more than a year ago. Many a senior curator fled in advance of his coming; decent, efficient people have...» Read More

 

TWO SENIOR ARTISTS LOST TO US

TWO SENIOR ARTISTS LOST TO US

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-10-22 16:07:13

In recent weeks at Yuendumu in the Central Desert and at Amata in the APY Lands, marvellous artists have died. Here are their official life stories: Shorty Jangala Robertson was born around 1925 at Jila (Chilla Well), a large soakage and...» Read More

 

The Martu 'Did it Together'

The Martu 'Did it Together'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-09-10 17:23:11

Twelve large collaborative desert artworks will go on show at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art next week in a show entitled Martu Art from the Far Western Desert . The Far Western Desert is a region that is commonly described as...» Read More

 

KLUGE GOES TO THE TORRES STRAIT

KLUGE GOES TO THE TORRES STRAIT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-09-02 13:11:49

The Kluge-Ruhe Museum – America's only permanent institution displaying Australian Aboriginal art and educating Americans about it through associations with the University of Virginia – re-opened earlier this year after refurbishment with a semi-permanent exhibition called Art and Country. It's...» Read More

 

DARWIN 2014 - The Bigger Picture

DARWIN 2014 - The Bigger Picture

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-08-13 15:14:14

In the wash-up to the 31st National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, it seems possible that the man who lead the charge to free MAGNT (the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory) from the unenthusiastic hand...» Read More

 

31st NATSIAAs: TONY ALBERT DOES IT AGAIN

31st NATSIAAs: TONY ALBERT DOES IT AGAIN

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-08-08 18:30:00

The three judges for this 31st NATSIAA Award all come from the south; Tina Baum from the National Gallery, Clotilde Bullen from the WA Gallery and David Broker from the Canberra Contemporary Art Studio. Perhaps it wasn’t surprising that they...» Read More

 

TARNANTHI – THE NEW NAME IN FESTIVALS

TARNANTHI – THE NEW NAME IN FESTIVALS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-07-23 14:50:13

South Australia’s Premier Jay Weatherill has announced that the State's new Aboriginal visual arts festival will be known as Tarnanthi – pronounced TAR-NAN-DEE - a local Kaurna word meaning 'to come forth', as in the sun and the first emergence...» Read More

 

ABORIGINAL ART 'COMES HOME'

ABORIGINAL ART 'COMES HOME'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-07-22 13:45:10

A significant dinner held in Melbourne last week was a homecoming of sorts for that dominant feature of the Aboriginal art market over the past two decades – the auction. Aboriginal art auctions have been maligned, but some have done...» Read More

 

ART IS THE VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE - TAKE 2

ART IS THE VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE - TAKE 2

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-07-15 15:28:19

Hetti Perkins second 'Art+Soul' TV series returns to the ABC tonight, and winds up with a third episode next Tuesday. And the question I asked after previewing her first program remains as relevant to the thinking behind this production as...» Read More

 

ART IS THE VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE

ART IS THE VOICE OF OUR PEOPLE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-07-08 13:16:06

So, Hetti Perkins is back with us, refreshed from a sabbatical period post-Art Gallery of NSW, where she used to be the first, and so far only, senior curator of Aboriginal Art. I wonder why they think they can manage...» Read More

 

GORDON BENNETT  1955 to 3 June 2014

GORDON BENNETT 1955 to 3 June 2014

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-06-28 13:39:11

“I am an Indigenous Australian. My mother is an Indigenous Australian and her mother before that and so on for countless generations. My father was English. My work comes out of small town and suburban Australia. I was socialised into...» Read More

 

NATSIAA SURPRISES

NATSIAA SURPRISES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-06-25 18:38:12

The great names are there at this year's National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards – Namatjira, Marawili, Marika, Burton, Thaiday, Petyarre, Mabo, Yalandja and Nadjamerrek. But rather than having the Christian names you'd probably recognise, 2014 will introduce...» Read More

 

MAGNT ushers in New Board

MAGNT ushers in New Board

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-06-20 18:12:08

With the legislation now passed which establishes the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) as a statutory authority, a new board has been appointed as it prepares to enter a new and exciting era. From 1 July,...» Read More

 

Bowness Photography Prize Open

Bowness Photography Prize Open

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-05-31 15:30:46

An initiative of the Monash Gallery of Art Foundation, the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, is one of the country's most open prizes for photography. It carries with it a $25,000...» Read More

 

Sydney Film Festival to Premier Black Panther Woman and The Redfern Story

Sydney Film Festival to Premier Black Panther Woman and The Redfern Story

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-05-28 19:56:53

Sydney Film Festival, in partnership with Screen Australia's Indigenous Department (Screen Black), will premier documentary films by two Indigenous directors, Rachel Perkins and Darlene Johnson. Rachel Perkins, who founded Blackfella Films in the 1990's, directed Black Panther Woman, the story of...» Read More

 

Man on Fire: the Art of Tim Storrier and Other Desert Masters

Man on Fire: the Art of Tim Storrier and Other Desert Masters

Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 2014-05-20 13:01:43

Polarities between Australia’s artists and painters, black or white, achieve compatibility and oneness of intent when they collectively embrace the one big thing about this country – THE DESERT. Storrier, Nolan, Drysdale etc. ‘white’ painters; Paddy Bedford, Tommy Watson,...» Read More

 

CAIRNS HEADS THE PACK

CAIRNS HEADS THE PACK

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-05-12 13:53:09

Winter in Australia may well make tourists dream only of skiing in the Snowy Mountains. But in 2014, art is throwing up a fair challenge to the world of goggles, gloves and gluwein, with three major events in three different...» Read More

 

DANIE MELLOR'S YEAR

DANIE MELLOR'S YEAR

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-05-09 11:53:07

We recently reported here on a major solo show for Danie Mellor – Exotic Lies, Sacred Ties - touring from Brisbane to the TarraWarra Museum of Art in the Yarra Valley – where it opens this weekend - and from...» Read More

 

Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties

Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-04-24 19:39:51

A decade of artwork by leading contemporary Indigenous artist Danie Mellor is the focus of a major survey exhibition opening at TarraWarra Museum of Art on May 10, on tour from The University of Queensland Art Museum. The exhibition brings...» Read More

 

TRAGIC CONFRONTATION IN THE DESERT

TRAGIC CONFRONTATION IN THE DESERT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-04-08 12:47:32

Anyone reading the usually-reliable Nicolas Rothwell in The Australian newspaper a couple of weekends ago (The Review 22/23 March) in a major essay entitled 'Culture War', would have come away convinced that an exhibition designed to reveal the extent of...» Read More

 

EXCITING TIMES AT MAGNT

EXCITING TIMES AT MAGNT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-03-09 11:32:09

Two significant developments have taken place in Darwin which will hopefully begin the process of re-establishing the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (the NATSIAAs) as the pre-eminent art event in Indigenous Australia. Probably the most important is the...» Read More

 

Prodigy at Eighty - The Miracle of Emily

Prodigy at Eighty - The Miracle of Emily

Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 2014-03-05 18:19:07

Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Diversity in the Desert. It has been said that her work “enabled the flowering of a whole new generation of Aboriginal artists”. My first experience of Emily was at Alice Springs airport about 20 years ago. Wandering...» Read More

 

'TOURIST TAT' IN HOBART

'TOURIST TAT' IN HOBART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-01-13 10:52:05

Back in September, I responded to some depressingly bad critical reviews of the Indigenous content in the big Australia show at the Royal Academy in London. My blunt heading then was 'Crap Criticism in London'. Coincidentally, the Hobart art...» Read More

 

BARKS 'R US

BARKS 'R US

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-12-22 19:50:44

With Aboriginal bark paintings there's the constant dilemma – how important is the aesthetic appeal of the work, and how important the story – and the status of the man telling it? The issue arises because there have been old barks...» Read More

 

PADDY'S PLANE

PADDY'S PLANE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-11-26 10:25:17

A fourth Qantas aircraft now has Indigenous designs on its body – this time the work of the late, great Paddy Goowoomji Bedford, leader of the Jirrawun group of Gija artists in the East Kimberley. The Boeing 737-800 aircraft is...» Read More

 

Michelle Holmes Wins People’s Choice Award

Michelle Holmes Wins People’s Choice Award

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-11-08 09:38:17

Ampilatwatja artist Michelle Holmes has been voted the People’s Choice Award winner as part of this year’s 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The 45-year-old artist received 121 votes of the 1781 votes cast for her painting,...» Read More

 

CRAP CRITICISM IN LONDON

CRAP CRITICISM IN LONDON

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-10-01 22:09:22

The wilful ignorance of some London critics in slaughtering the Royal Academy's 'Australia' show of more than 200 artworks linked to our landscape is a deep embarrassment for the Mother Country. I've been a professional critic for many years, working...» Read More

 

Indigenous Leaders appointed to Indigenous Art Code Board

Indigenous Leaders appointed to Indigenous Art Code Board

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-09-26 11:48:40

The Indigenous Art Code (IartC), the industry code set up to promote integrity, transparency and accountability in dealing with Indigenous art, has announced the appointment of several arts leaders from the Indigenous community to its Board following its annual general...» Read More

 

WARMUN ALL OVER

WARMUN ALL OVER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-09-18 20:54:43

Suddenly the artists of Warmun in the East Kimberley are all over the place. With wins for Mabel Juli at the RAKAs in Melbourne and Churchill Cann at the WA Indigenous Art Awards, Lena Nyadbi starring on the roof of...» Read More

 

Telstra acknowledges Land Rights across Australia

Telstra acknowledges Land Rights across Australia

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-09-17 18:17:22

In recognition of its commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Telstra has rolled out a commissioned Indigenous artwork across its 365 national retail stores and 88 business centres. The Telstra Reconciliation Action artwork by Indigenous artist, Riki...» Read More

 

WA  AWARDS SPRING A SURPRISE

WA AWARDS SPRING A SURPRISE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-08-23 17:15:16

Oh Boy, they must be crowing in Queensland! In Perth, a Queenslander took out the Big One – actually, the country's biggest Indigenous art award of $50,000; and behind him were 2 fellow Sunshine Staters. In Darwin two weeks ago,...» Read More

 

Winner announced for the $25,000 Kate Challis RAKA Award 2013

Winner announced for the $25,000 Kate Challis RAKA Award 2013

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-08-15 12:27:43

One of Australia’s most cherished Indigenous artists, Mabel Juli, has won the $25,000 Kate Challis RAKA Award 2013 for her refined, minimal painting Garnkeny Ngarranggarni (Moon Dreaming). A respected Gija elder, 80-year-old Mabel travelled from her home at Warmun in the...» Read More

 

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-08-05 13:47:24

It's that time of the year! Just as the footy tends to deliver adrenaline-sodden drama throughout September, Indigenous art has somehow chosen August as the month when an inherently uncompetitive, culturally sensitive activity turns polemic. Darwin, Perth, Melbourne and Cairns...» Read More

 

Vincent Serico

Vincent Serico

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-07-11 17:47:43

The current QAGoMA exhibition, 'My Country : I Still Call Australia Home' has alerted me to the work of the late Vincent Serico, whose painting, Carnarvon Collision (2006) reflects a naïve artist's take on ghastly events in the history of...» Read More

 

Dr Yunupingu Dies

Dr Yunupingu Dies

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-06-28 18:11:09

Aboriginal Art News wishes to pay tribute to the late Mandawuy Yunupingu, who died in Yirrkala, NE Arnhemland on June 2nd aged 56. He had been fighting end-stage renal disease and had undergone dialysis for several years. This is...» Read More

 

Dorothy Napangardi Dead at 55

Dorothy Napangardi Dead at 55

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-06-03 11:49:42

Dorothy Napangardi, who achieved a record price for the resale of her art during the resale royalty debate, died in a car accident on the weekend. She and others had been hunting for honey ants after the rains. Tragically one...» Read More

 

The 6th Annual National Indigenous Arts Awards

The 6th Annual National Indigenous Arts Awards

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-05-27 11:47:22

The multi-talented David Gulpilil OAM has won this year's Red Ochre Award, the highest peer-assessed award for an Indigenous artist with a prize money of $50,000, presented today at the Sydney Opera House as part of the National Indigenous Arts...» Read More

 

THE EMILY MUSEUM

THE EMILY MUSEUM

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-05-07 14:01:02

An event of national significance occurs on Monday (May 6th) with the opening of The Emily Museum in the inauspicious setting of a converted factory in a back street in Cheltenham, the Melbourne suburb. It's not the right place –...» Read More

 

DEBIL DEBIL CORROBOREE

DEBIL DEBIL CORROBOREE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-04-19 19:42:44

We live in exclusive times! Or should that be exclusionary? Two major Indigenous events announced in Sydney this week turn out to be less than they appear in that they offer, respectively, “indigenous history, feeling and disturbing visions that reach into...» Read More

 

EUBENA 1921 to 2013

EUBENA 1921 to 2013

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-04-11 20:57:26

Eubena Nampitjin, the doyenne of Aboriginal artists at Balgo Hills (Wirrimanu), the former mission established by the Palatines to cut off Desert peoples heading north into the pastoral lands of The Kimberley, has died at the age of about 91....» Read More

 

CREATIVE AUSTRALIA?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-03-13 18:17:39

With wonderful synchronicity, just as I'd been writing about the damaging effects of the last cultural policy – Creative Nation - introduced by the Keating Government in October 1994, a new national cultural policy has belatedly emerged from the current...» Read More

 

New investment in Australian creativity

New investment in Australian creativity

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-03-13 10:28:13

The Australia Council for the Arts has today welcomed the launch of the National Cultural Policy and response to the recommendations of the Australia Council review. The arts sector is, "growing almost double the rate of other sectors in the...» Read More

 

LANCE BENNETT 1938-2013

LANCE BENNETT 1938-2013

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-03-06 19:00:16

Lance Bennett was one of the more enigmatic figures in the very conflicted world of interlocutors betweens Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures....neither an anthropologist nor a dealer, but a heroic warrior for tribal people against insensitivity and lack of understanding in...» Read More

 

Vale - Kunmanara Tjilpi Kankapankatja

Vale - Kunmanara Tjilpi Kankapankatja

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-02-22 09:30:14

One of the APY Lands most respected cultural leaders, ethno-botanists and senior artist of Kaltjiti Arts has died, aged in his mid 80s. Kaltjiti Arts notice of his passing states that Kunmanara Tjilpi Kankapankatja was born at Walalkara,...» Read More

 

JEAN-BAPTISTE APUATIMI

JEAN-BAPTISTE APUATIMI

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-02-20 15:31:15

The deaths go on! Yet another senior artist has been taken from us with the announcement today that Jean Baptiste Apuatimi has died on Bathurst Island at the age of 72. Only last week, the death was reported of Jack Dale...» Read More

 

The Late Mrs Bennett

The Late Mrs Bennett

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-02-06 16:00:16

We reported that Mrs Bennett had passed away in January 2013 - near her ancestral rockhole at Punkilpirri, WA. That notice sparked great interest about her life and so we are delighted to bring you more on this National Treasure. Born...» Read More

 

PAT CORRIGAN, COLLECTOR

PAT CORRIGAN, COLLECTOR

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-01-30 17:43:33

In the torrent of art books with an Indigenous flavour that were published last year, one stands out for the sheer exuberance of its art – and the quality of its reproduction : Power + Colour/New Painting from the Corrigan...» Read More

 

Obituary: Farewell to Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

Obituary: Farewell to Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-01-30 17:23:58

One of the great characters of the Kintore region, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa's (aka Mrs Bennett) paintings were executed with the same energy, cheer and enthusiasm that she exhibited in life. Painting and exhibiting since the mid-1990's, Mrs Bennett was instrumental in...» Read More

 

Parisians flock to new exhibit of Australian Aboriginal art

Parisians flock to new exhibit of Australian Aboriginal art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-01-22 13:39:26

An exhibition of the largest collection of modern Aboriginal paintings to have gone on display outside of Australia has been a major hit with art lovers in Paris. The exhibition, “The Sources of Aborigine Painting”, drew 133,716 visitors to the Quai...» Read More

 

First Aboriginal and TSI Playwriting Festival in Sydney for 20 Years

First Aboriginal and TSI Playwriting Festival in Sydney for 20 Years

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-01-18 13:14:40

The first Aboriginal playwriting festival in Sydney for over two decades. Yellamundie: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playwriting Festival is a landmark writing event which will take place over two weeks from 27 January 2013. The Festival brings together...» Read More

 

The Soul of Emily Kngwarreye

The Soul of Emily Kngwarreye

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-01-04 17:20:04

It often seems to be the case that great Australian achievements need the validation of overseas approval. But the fact that 'Utopia : The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye' was a vast tribute in 2008 to the Aboriginal artist conceived...» Read More

 

The Emily Kame Kngwarreye Museum Gets Ready to Open

The Emily Kame Kngwarreye Museum Gets Ready to Open

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-12-26 09:24:02

Of the many highly acclaimed superstars of the Aboriginal art movement, now 40 years old, none shine as brightly as Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Volumes have been written by academics, art critics, curators and historians about her genius and uniqueness. The...» Read More

 

An Indigenous Celebration of 40 Years of Cultural Links with China

An Indigenous Celebration of 40 Years of Cultural Links with China

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-12-21 15:47:21

The 40th anniversary year of Gough Whitlam establishing diplomatic links with Mao's China has just come to an end with the closure of an exhibition of Indigenous photography in Beijing. Intriguingly, none of the publicity mentioned its exclusively Aboriginal origins...» Read More

 

TIWI - THE BOOK

TIWI - THE BOOK

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-12-19 11:26:59

by Jennifer Isaacs, published by the wonderful Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University at $120 It's been an amazing year for Aboriginal art books – never known a better. If only I'd had time to read them all rather than just dip...» Read More

 

Obituary: HARRY (HJ) WEDGE 1957 – 2012

Obituary: HARRY (HJ) WEDGE 1957 – 2012

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-11-12 12:11:57

Harry Wedge’s politically and emotionally charged work challenged perceived ideas about contemporary Indigenous art and Indigenous peoples’ experience of living in urban Australia. His aesthetic encompasses stories and humorous anecdotes from his childhood at Erambie Mission at Cowra, in the...» Read More

 

France continues its Love of Aboriginal Art in Brisbane

France continues its Love of Aboriginal Art in Brisbane

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-10-26 11:42:29

The strong, historical links between France and Aboriginal art offer a rich and fertile background – from the research and writing works of French ethnologists and anthropologists to the development of important public Aboriginal art collections in France and the...» Read More

 

People On Country

People On Country

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-10-16 17:58:52

Do you remember the ending to that great Indigenous film, Samson & Delilah? The damaged couple set up home in the middle of nowhere – a remote outstation where they could live off the country and recover their moral and...» Read More

 

Sotheby's 15th October Important Aboriginal Art Auction in Sydney

Sotheby's 15th October Important Aboriginal Art Auction in Sydney

Posted by Nicholas Forrest | 2012-10-15 10:03:15

Tonight in Sydney, Sotheby’s Australia will attempt to sell a collection of Important Aboriginal and Oceanic Art valued at between $1.3-1.9 million and featuring works by artists such as Kitty Kantilla, Ginger Riley Mundwalawala, Anatjari Tjakamarra and Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula. Leading...» Read More

 

TJUKURRTJANU GOES TO PARIS

TJUKURRTJANU GOES TO PARIS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-10-08 15:25:06

The big NGV exhibition Tjukurrtjanu – Origins of Western Desert Art ( 'Aux Sources de la Peinture Aborigene') opens in the Musee du quai Branly today. It's the first Australian art show at the museum – which opened...» Read More

 

Crossing Cultures in the US

Crossing Cultures in the US

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-09-21 18:32:09

America is having a far better year than Australia in terms of its experience and appreciation of our Indigenous art. First there was the Kaplan/Levi Collection on show in the Seattle Art Museum; now, across the country in New Hampshire,...» Read More

 

Namatjira and Mellor Shine at Deutscher and Hackett August 29 Auction

Namatjira and Mellor Shine at Deutscher and Hackett August 29 Auction

Posted by Nicholas Forrest | 2012-09-03 14:03:32

There were very few works by Aboriginal artists in Deutscher and Hackett’s August 29 Important Australian + International Art Auction held in Melbourne. The few indigenous works that were included in the sale did, however, perform very well....» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art from the Holmes a Court Collection Auctioned in Sydney

Aboriginal Art from the Holmes a Court Collection Auctioned in Sydney

Posted by Nicholas Forrest | 2012-08-24 12:52:07

The August 19 Mossgreen Auctions sale of works from the collection of Peter Holmes a Court, joint owner with Russell Crowe of the National Rugby League team the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and his wife Divonne Holmes a Court, included a...» Read More

 

Bubbay: A Christmas Adventure

Bubbay: A Christmas Adventure

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-08-22 16:16:17

October 2012 book release, children's picture book Bubbay lives in the outback spending his days protecting a herd of goats from dingoes. He sleeps in his swag under the stars and the only person he visits is Mrs Timms for chicken’s...» Read More

 

The 29th NATSIAAs

The 29th NATSIAAs

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-08-10 15:45:11

“It's a really interesting year, I think – characterised by strong women. Where have artists like Cornelia Tipuamantumeri, Barbara Moore and Rhonda Sharpe suddenly come from? Pow!!” Very new Curator of Indigenous Art at the Museum & Art Gallery of the...» Read More

 

AGNSW 'S TENTATIVE REHANG

AGNSW 'S TENTATIVE REHANG

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-07-20 19:12:05

Almost three years ago, I reported here about the strange and wonderful arrival of the Art Gallery of NSW's iconic Pukumani Poles in its so-called Colonial Courts – perfectly placed in chronological terms, but utterly challenging beside the best efforts...» Read More

 

Indigenous artist wins Waterhouse art prize

Indigenous artist wins Waterhouse art prize

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-07-20 17:18:43

Margaret Loy Pula has won this year's Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, an award that commemorates the life and work of Frederick George Waterhouse, the first curator of the emerging South Australian Museum when it opened in January 1862, with...» Read More

 

CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS (2

CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS (2

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-07-04 00:17:03

Sadly, the cat never escaped! Last Saturday's promising discussions at the Sydney Opera House - Aboriginal Art: it’s a white thing and Write the truth, or shut up – turned out to be damp squibs in terms of achieving any...» Read More

 

CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS

CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-06-28 14:14:02

This weekend in Sydney, two free discussions about Aboriginal art are likely to set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons. Both are at the Opera House on Saturday and involve leading Blak players in the art game. Session One, particularly,...» Read More

 

GORDON BENNETT SOLO IN UTRECHT

GORDON BENNETT SOLO IN UTRECHT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-06-22 19:41:00

In Outsider / Insider: The art of Gordon Bennett, the AAMU Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art will present a selection from the wide-ranging oeuvre of Gordon Bennett, who is regarded as one of Australia's most significant contemporary artists. Gordon Bennett...» Read More

 

ART MARKET CHEER

ART MARKET CHEER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-06-20 17:56:40

As has been reported elsewhere on Aboriginal Art News, the May/June spate of auctions for Aboriginal art hit a highpoint as Mossgreen to watch auctioneer Paul Sumner sell every one of the 66 desert paintings from the estate of American...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Artist Auction Records at Stellar Sotheby’s Sale

Aboriginal Artist Auction Records at Stellar Sotheby’s Sale

Posted by Nicholas Forrest | 2012-06-11 11:29:52

The Sotheby’s Australia June 5 Important Aboriginal Art sale held in Melbourne was further evidence that the Aboriginal art market will react with enthusiasm when they are offered top quality, rare works that have excellent provenance. A tightly curated,...» Read More

 

SECOND INDIGENOUS TRIENNIAL

SECOND INDIGENOUS TRIENNIAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-05-23 14:27:49

Why did the word 'colourless' spring to my mind when trying to sum up the National Gallery's second National Indigenous Art Triennial? I think the answer intrinsically springs from the diminished role played by vibrant Desert art. Yes – there's...» Read More

 

Lives hidden in the life's work

Lives hidden in the life's work

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-05-21 09:30:36

THE looped chains of brilliant colour, the radiating line-work, the grids and vortex patterns -- they speak of a personality, and a strong one. At last, six years after her death, the dazzling Warlpiri artist Lorna Fencer Napurrurla is the...» Read More

 

GULUMBU YUNUPINGU 1945 - 2012

GULUMBU YUNUPINGU 1945 - 2012

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-05-14 13:58:40

They keep trying to say that the 40 year old Aboriginal art movement is doomed by the inevitable death if its elders. But just a decade ago, no one had heard of the Yolngu artist, Gulumbu Yunupingu. The then-56 year...» Read More

 

ART FAIRS ARE GO

ART FAIRS ARE GO

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-05-02 13:41:28

Both of the country's major Indigenous art fairs have announced their plans for 2012 – and give every impression of being stronger than ever. While the Cairns Fair (CIAF – 16 to 19 August) has always had the potent backing...» Read More

 

THE CONVICT PORTRAYED BY AN ABORIGINE

THE CONVICT PORTRAYED BY AN ABORIGINE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-04-27 18:37:14

At a generally unhappy auction of Aboriginal art on 4th April at the house of Deutscher + Hackett, the National Museum of Australia swooped on two 19th Century drawings by the Kwatkwat artist, Tommy McRae. For $79,300 – a record...» Read More

 

CALL FOR ART EXPORT LAW REFORM

CALL FOR ART EXPORT LAW REFORM

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-04-22 16:52:26

The ABC Radio National's Books and Arts program raised some curly issues on Friday regarding the export of Aboriginal art by international collectors. Taking part was the feisty John Wilkerson, a belated entry into the American pantheon of collectors -...» Read More

 

Nyree Reynolds Exhibits at the Sydney Opera House

Nyree Reynolds Exhibits at the Sydney Opera House

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-04-09 18:30:17

IMAGINE being invited to have your artwork displayed at an exhibition at the Sydney Opera House. For accomplished Blayney artist Nyree Reynolds there's nothing imaginary about it - she has just exhibited five of her paintings at the national icon. Nyree travelled...» Read More

 

National Gallery joins Google Art Project

National Gallery joins Google Art Project

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-04-09 18:21:04

The National Gallery may still be basking in the success of its grand new entrance and Aboriginal art wing, but now it's possible to explore parts of the collection without leaving the house. The gallery has become one of the first...» Read More

 

Australia's ancient Aboriginal rock art to be catalogued

Australia's ancient Aboriginal rock art to be catalogued

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-04-07 18:22:47

Australia's greatest ancient Aboriginal rock art detailing kangaroos, turtles and humans on boulders in the remote Pilbara area will be studied under a US$1.1 million deal announced Monday. Tens of thousands of the indigenous works, which are scattered over the mineral-laden...» Read More

 

US art collector sees red over 'dysfunctional' ban on Aboriginal painting

US art collector sees red over 'dysfunctional' ban on Aboriginal painting

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-04-07 17:47:59

A WEALTHY American art connoisseur has decided against donating his collection of 90 blue-chip Aboriginal artworks worth $10 million to an Australian museum or gallery after his attempt to add a painting to the collection was thwarted by national cultural...» Read More

 

Fairer arts trading

Fairer arts trading

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-03-26 19:50:23

Transcript of a Newslines Radio Broadcast Broadcast date: 26 March–1 April 2012 Duration: 12 minutes Presenter: Nathan Ramsay Content: New initiatives are making Indigenous artists more aware of their rights. Talent: John Oster, Indigenous Arts Code Limited Patricia Adjei, Indigenous communications coordinator, Copyright Agency Limited Zena Cumpston,...» Read More

 

$6 for a Namatjira? Almost...

$6 for a Namatjira? Almost...

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-03-26 19:06:00

There's no accounting for taste when a masterpiece is ignored in a garage sale. It was the spring-clean that almost cost a Cairns woman a masterpiece. She had put a few household items in a garage sale, including a painting of...» Read More

 

Ernabella Craft Pioneer Dies

Ernabella Craft Pioneer Dies

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-03-11 11:54:50

In her 1968 book, The People in Between, about her life at Ernabella Mission station, Winifred Hilliard wrote, ''To the north there are bad people, and to the south there are bad people, but in between are the Pitjantjatjara people''....» Read More

 

Yalangabara and the Marikas

Yalangabara and the Marikas

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-03-01 13:28:55

Just as Mankind emerged from the sea in evolutionary history, Aboriginal life in Arhemland advanced mythologically out of the Gulf of Carpentaria at Yalangabara to become the many clans of the Dhuwa moiety. But, while the rest of us took...» Read More

 

Art centres and communities (transcript)

Art centres and communities (transcript)

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-02-13 16:19:53

Transcript of a radio interview 13 - 19 February 2012 (Newslines Radio) PRESENTER: Hi, I’m Nathan Ramsay and you’re listening to Newslines Radio, a weekly program produced by the Australian Government on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. Today we’re taking a...» Read More

 

FOLEY

FOLEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-01-30 14:44:11

The 40th anniversary last week of the accidental Aboriginal Embassy on the lawns of Old Parliament House in Canberra was as good an opportunity as any to learn how it came about even before the messy events that accompanied it....» Read More

 

Artprice Predicts Stronger Australian Art Market

Artprice Predicts Stronger Australian Art Market

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-01-26 16:09:15

Aboriginal art occupies a special place in Australia and 3 of the 6 artists in the Top 10 auction results are Aborigines. One of the three Aboriginal artists in Australian contemporary art ranking, Dorothy NAPANGARDI , has enjoyed strong demand since...» Read More

 

2011 Indigenous Ceramic Awards

2011 Indigenous Ceramic Awards

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-01-23 12:33:19

The winners of the country’s most recognised awards for Indigenous artists have been released. Janet Fieldhouse took out the $20000 first prize for her work Tattoo, a sculptural installation that uses a light box and transparent porcelain to explore ritual scarification. Vera...» Read More

 

ACMI presents Indigenous arts festival

ACMI presents Indigenous arts festival

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-01-12 08:15:23

The National Indigenous Photomedia Forum, Shadow Life: Moving Image and Remembered By are three separate events presented by ACMI as part of the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival 2012. The National Indigenous Photomedia Forum will address the the obstacles faced by Indigenous...» Read More

 

TJUKURRTJANU – THE ORIGINS OF WESTERN DESERT ART

TJUKURRTJANU – THE ORIGINS OF WESTERN DESERT ART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-11-18 11:06:53

There's a tremendous tension around at the moment between those who want to show Aboriginal art as 'great contemporary art' and those who want to try to understand its mysteries and complexities. And this is sadly all-too-apparent in the yawning...» Read More

 

AT LAST, THE TRIENNIAL!

AT LAST, THE TRIENNIAL!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-11-03 16:31:55

The National Gallery of Australia has announced that it will present UnDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the NGA in Canberra from May 11 next year until July, followed by a national tour. The artists selected by curator Carly...» Read More

 

FUNDRAISING FOR WARMUN

FUNDRAISING FOR WARMUN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-10-19 15:52:09

Both Melbourne and Sydney are seeing major efforts to assist the community art centre at Warmun (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley recover from devastating floods that it suffered earlier this year - as reported on this site on 4th...» Read More

 

Guided Visits – Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of NSW – 28-29 Sep 2011

Guided Visits – Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of NSW – 28-29 Sep 2011

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-09-16 16:06:11

IDAIA – International Development for Australian Indigenous Art – is delighted to organise a series a guided visits of the new Aboriginal art exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. The opportunity to better appreciate the...» Read More

 

CIAF 2011

CIAF 2011

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-08-23 10:55:26

The third edition of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, enjoyed by about 15,000 people in the balmy setting of Cairns in the Spring revealed the constant state of evolution that is Queensland's indigenous art scene. Prime amongst the developments was the...» Read More

 

YOUNG YOLNGU WINS IN WA

YOUNG YOLNGU WINS IN WA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-08-13 00:39:05

YOUNG YOLNGU WINS IN WA The most valuable indigenous art prize – the Western Australia Indigenous Art Award of $50,000 has been won by Gunybi Ganambarr from Yirrkala in NW Arnhemland. After two years of triumphs by artists from the Buku...» Read More

 

DAAF 2011 is on!

DAAF 2011 is on!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-08-05 18:46:09

Despite the closure of Top End Arts, the organisation that managed the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair for a couple of years, it's back on again in 2011, running 12-14 August. Vibrant new artworks from more than 40 Aboriginal owned art centres...» Read More

 

'LAND, SEA & SKY' - In and Out of the Torres Strait

'LAND, SEA & SKY' - In and Out of the Torres Strait

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-07-06 16:18:48

By coincidence rather than by design, both the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gab Titui Cultural Centre opened exhibitions last week called 'Land, Sea and Sky'. The title could be describing anywhere – but is particularly appropriate for those little...» Read More

 

NAATSIA's 25TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK

NAATSIA's 25TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-06-27 10:31:57

Is a silver anniversary any more important than a 20th or a 17th? I ask because the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT (MAGNT), the Darwin home of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award has belatedly...» Read More

 

Platform conversations: Constitutional recognition - so what?

Platform conversations: Constitutional recognition - so what?

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-06-13 22:58:41

Join the inaugural Platform Conversations at the National Museum of Australia event with Mal Brough, Alison Page and Garth Nettheim to debate whether recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution will make a meaningful difference to...» Read More

 

LAVERTY 2

LAVERTY 2

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-05-25 19:58:12

There are probably no other collectors in Australia who could get away with naming an exhibition 'Laverty 2' and expect instant recognition by viewers. But then Colin and Liz Laverty have the advantage of having had such a big impact...» Read More

 

Passing of Thancoupie

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-04-29 17:18:12

It is with great sadness that AAN learnt of the passing this week of Dr. Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO, best known simply as Thancoupie the Potter. She died aged 74 at Weipa Base Hospital on Cape York after a...» Read More

 

NATSIAAs versus THE NGA TRIENNIAL

NATSIAAs versus THE NGA TRIENNIAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-03-11 14:34:46

The National Gallery in Canberra has just announced that its important National Indigenous Art Triennial - due to open in April - has been postponed as a result of budget pressures. These relate particularly to the notorious Federal Government efficiency...» Read More

 

Dibirdibi Country, My Country - Sally Gabori Solo Show

Dibirdibi Country, My Country - Sally Gabori Solo Show

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-02-19 17:20:52

One of Australia’s most exciting and collectable contemporary artists, Sally Gabori, gets her first solo show in Singapore at the Australian High Commission, Singapore. In 2005 an elderly Kaiadilt woman, living in one of Australia’s most remote communities, took the art...» Read More

 

Western desert artist leaves behind record of women's ceremony

Western desert artist leaves behind record of women's ceremony

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-01-13 15:13:15

THE art world has been shaken by the death in early January of a ''visionary'' leader of the western desert art movement. Makinti Napanangka, thought to be in her 80s, took up painting in her 70s yet went on to...» Read More

 

Family, tradition and lore in Arnhem Land

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-12-08 02:04:21

The Marika family of Arnhem Land could be called the Boyds of the indigenous art world. Like the Boyd dynasty, they've contributed an intergenerational opus of work to the Australian cultural landscape. But the Marika clan are not just artists - they've...» Read More

 

THE DESERT COMES TO ADELAIDE

THE DESERT COMES TO ADELAIDE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-11-24 11:53:07

The Art Gallery of SA has organised its second big exhibition of Aboriginal art from the Desert, showing until the end of January and accompanied by a big catalogue. It's a very generous and gentle introduction to the art that...» Read More

 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN PAPUNYA

ONCE UPON A TIME IN PAPUNYA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-11-11 14:22:20

How to tackle this intimately informed, radically revisionist but ultimately frustrating tale of the art movement that did more than anything to change Australia's views about its indigenous people and bring their culture closer to the cities of the south? For...» Read More

 

Stolen Gloria Petyarre Painting

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-11-02 00:24:46

By now, my painting by Gloria Petyarre (Bush Medicine Leaves 2008, International Artwork Code A15119, 200 x 150, 2062) an esteemed Australian Aboriginal artist, could be in Timbuktoo by now. Thanks to questionable management of the Sydney-based art investment...» Read More

 

Gallery puts final touches to indigenous wing

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-26 23:21:31

After several years and millions of dollars $100 million to be precise the monumental building works in the National Gallery precinct are finally complete, with a grand new entrance to prove it. But with the official opening not until next week,...» Read More

 

FIRST AUSTRALIAN ART FOR FIRST AUSTRALIAN SAINT

FIRST AUSTRALIAN ART FOR FIRST AUSTRALIAN SAINT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-10-17 12:17:29

Aboriginal artworks sent from Catholic missions in the north and west of Australia earlier last century are on display at the Vatican’s Ethnological Museum in Rome to coincide with today's canonisation of Mary MacKillop. And their presence was celebrated with...» Read More

 

Warakurna Artists attend the opening of the new NGA annex

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-16 02:59:09

Graham Nelson, one of Warakurna Artists Directors recently made the long journey to Canberra to attended the opening of the new wing of the National Gallery of Australia....» Read More

 

in black and white: more on the orientation of Aboriginal art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-15 02:55:43

Thanks to Helen Vivian’s detective work, I was fascinated to read how the London-based Frieze had reviewed Utopia: the genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, the Emily Kame Kngwarreye exhibition at the (then) new National Art Centre Tokyo, while on tour...» Read More

 

Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Holland

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-13 02:55:48

When I look around this country and think about the efforts of our state art galleries to excite and educate people about Aboriginal art and culture, I’d have to conclude that there’s not much fire in the belly. True —...» Read More

 

AES PUTS INDIGENOUS EMPLOYMENT IN THE FRAME WITH ART AUCTION FUND LAUNCH

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-12 15:54:37

12th October 2010, Sydney Australia: A unique collection of contemporary Aboriginal Art will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in Sydney on 19th October by national not for profit organisation, the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES). Marking the official launch of the...» Read More

 

MIRACLE ON THE CANNING

MIRACLE ON THE CANNING

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-10-12 14:19:22

It was rumoured a couple of years ago that an anthropologist was about to make the astounding announcement that he'd traced the three Aboriginal grandparents who'd lived on the Canning Stock Route (CSR) earlier last century and sired most of...» Read More

 

New Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art galleries

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-12 02:26:47

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have existed on the continent of Australia for tens of thousands of years. Their art and traditions are among the oldest and richest in human history. The designs, patterns and stories were taught to Indigenous...» Read More

 

Landmark space embodies soul of the nation

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-09 01:41:57

Indigenous art has found a welcome home at the reinvigorated National Gallery of Australia. AT last, indigenous art has the national showcase it needs: 11 luminous, purpose-built galleries at the entrance to the country's flagship visual arts institution in the centre...» Read More

 

Connection, Dislocation, Reclamation and Innovation: The 2010 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Connection, Dislocation, Reclamation and Innovation: The 2010 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-05 12:15:42

In its 27th year, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAAs) inaugurated a sixth category. The ‘New Media Award’ required artists to submit works reflecting the theme ‘connections’ with the stated aim to provide ‘a national platform...» Read More

 

Size may count at revamped gallery

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-05 04:16:19

The National Gallery of Australia flung open its new narrow doors for the first time on Thursday night to 1000 guests including Culture's spies who reported that while the new entrance is impressive, "you wonder how it will cope with...» Read More

 

Colours of our Country returns to Perth

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-05 01:56:13

Accomplished and emerging artists, traditional stories and stunning Pilbara imagery was once again on show at this year’s ‘Colours of our Country’ Aboriginal art exhibition in Perth on the 22nd September. For the fifth consecutive year, Rio Tinto transformed the walls...» Read More

 

Gallery offers an indigenous opening

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-04 00:25:46

ABORIGINAL art takes centre stage at the revamped NGA in Canberra. THE entrance to the National Gallery of Australia, in Canberra, used to be hidden mysteriously in a side street, reached by a utilitarian flight of concrete stairs or a long...» Read More

 

NEW PARADIGM IN CANBERRA

NEW PARADIGM IN CANBERRA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-10-03 19:28:19

Prototype, precedent, templet, archetype, scantling, paradigm...so reads my Roget's Thesaurus – which I think gives you the drift of my thinking regarding the importance of recent events in Canberra. No – not on the Hill, where Tony Abbott seems determined not...» Read More

 

Gallery opens new chapter

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-03 00:28:17

After three years in the making, the National Gallery of Australia has finally revealed its stunning new $100 million entrance and indigenous art wing. Governor-General Quentin Bryce officially opened the additions last night before a buzzing VIP crowd of about 1000...» Read More

 

The best reason to visit Canberra ... and there's more to come

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-03 00:13:10

Downstairs is impressive. But the 11 rooms of indigenous art upstairs in the new wing of the National Gallery are astounding. They have no equal in Australia. The loot is breathtaking. They are the best reason in a long time...» Read More

 

New National Gallery Wing Devoted to Australian Indigenous Art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-02 00:19:09

The National Gallery of Australia has opened its new wing devoted to one of the largest collections of Australian Aboriginal and Islander art. The new building in Parkes Place, Canberra, also created a new and more prominent entrance into the National...» Read More

 

National Gallery enters new era

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-02 00:13:19

The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra is spreading its wings, placing Indigenous art at the front and centre of its collection. It has undergone its biggest facelift since opening in 1982, with a new entrance and foyer, 11 new Aboriginal...» Read More

 

Victorian art gallery boosts Indigenous art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-09-27 22:45:03

The National Gallery of Victoria has bolstered its collection of Indigenous artworks with three new paintings for its Aboriginal section. A Texas Downs Station picture by Rover Thomas and two Alec Mingelmanganu Wanjina paintings purchased by the gallery in 2008 are...» Read More

 

Cultural trail-blazer guided by heritage

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-09-25 23:02:51

Catherine Keenan meets the indigenous curator helping put the final touches to the NGA's new galleries. The woman overseeing the opening of the largest permanent collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world is surprisingly calm. As senior curator...» Read More

 

BIKES IN THE DESERT

BIKES IN THE DESERT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-09-09 13:56:26

All thirty school-age kids in the Western Desert community of Mt Liebig (Amunturrngu) will get new BMX bikes next Saturday (18th September). They've been donated by the Bikes for Bush Foundation – which is intending to fund further bikes for...» Read More

 

National Gallery of Victoria bolsters indigenous collection

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-28 22:05:37

The National Gallery of Victoria has bolstered its collection of indigenous artworks with three new paintings for its Aboriginal section. A Texas Downs Station picture by Rover Thomas and two Alec Mingelmanganu Wanjina paintings purchased by the gallery in 2008 were...» Read More

 

CIAF kicks off

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-19 19:41:50

The second annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair begins tonight, promising to build on the spectacular success of the inaugural event in 2009. Simon Crerar catches up with artistic director Michael Snelling to find out how the event has grown in...» Read More

 

Sales signal rebound

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-10 20:14:04

The [Melbourne Art Fair] closed yesterday with some galleries reporting weaker high-end sales but overall results equal to the previous fair in 2008. Melbourne's Sophie Gannon Gallery sold 20 works worth a total of $120,000, Sydney's Tim Olsen Gallery achieved about...» Read More

 

Rare Aboriginal art found in college cupboard

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-04 21:09:52

A rare collection of Aboriginal art has been unearthed in a cupboard at a college in Canberra. The National Gallery and the National Museum have confirmed the paintings are part of an Arnhem Land collection; some are by well-known Indigenous artists. Dickson...» Read More

 

Australia’s richest indigenous arts prize set for 2011 CHOGM

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-04 06:47:32

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has announced the 2010 Western Australian Indigenous Arts Awards winners and confirmed the awards would also be held in 2011 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Mr Day said he was pleased...» Read More

 

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-02 16:50:58

This groundbreaking exhibition reveals the richness of desert life today. It tells the story of the Canning Stock Route’s impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the Country that surrounds it, through the works of senior and emerging artists...» Read More

 

Jumbana Group has become a leading indigenous design and strategy company

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-25 23:38:11

Now, 27 years into its corporate life, Sydney-based Jumbana Group is a leading indigenous design and strategy company. Established by the Moriartys, Jumbana comprises the contemporary design studio, Balarinji, and an indigenous communications and facilitation practice, John Moriarty and Associates. Working...» Read More

 

Papunya and Balgo exhibitions at the National Art Museum of China - promotion of Australia’s rich cultural heritage

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-22 23:11:12

Extraordinary collections of Indigenous art from Australia’s remote deserts are now on display in Beijing. The highly regarded Papunya Painting: Out of the Australian Desert and BALGO: Contemporary Australian Art from the Balgo Hills collections collectively form the National Art Museum...» Read More

 

Indigenous art code launched

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-19 00:10:06

Art galleries, dealers and auction houses have been urged to sign up to code of conduct aimed at ending dodgy sale practices within the multi-million dollar indigenous art sector. The voluntary code follows a 2007 Senate inquiry that found many indigenous...» Read More

 

Funds to manage indigenous art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-10 22:55:09

An Indigenous Arts Fellowship has been launched to create a stronger base of arts management in the indigenous arts world. Commissioned to research the status quo between artists and arts leadership in the indigenous arts industry, former Democrats senator Aden Ridgeway,...» Read More

 

Indigenous art fellowships

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-09 22:36:31

The art world knows it has a problem. While indigenous artists are showered with fame and money, there is little participation by indigenous people in the managerial side of the arts. The director of the National Gallery of Australia, Ron Radford,...» Read More

 

Wesfarmers gives indigenous art a $1.2m boost

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-05 22:22:40

Wesfarmers is boosting indigenous art with a $1.2 million fellowship scheme to train the next generation of administrators and curators. The WA-based company, already a big sponsor of the arts, will provide the money over five years through the National Gallery...» Read More

 

A broader cultural conversation

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-05 20:20:27

Andrew Sayers, the national museum's new head wants it to be political, not politicised One of the first tasks for Andrew Sayers when he took up his post last month as director of the National Museum of Australia was to accompany...» Read More

 

Groundbreaking Program to Boost Indigenous Australian Numbers in Arts Leadership Roles

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-03 22:20:58

The National Gallery of Australia today launched a 5-year initiative to boost the number of Indigenous Australians in professional roles in the visual arts. Ron Radford AM, Director of the National Gallery of Australia, said the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship...» Read More

 

Indigenous art celebrated

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-03 22:20:03

Monash's indigenous culture will be celebrated during NAIDOC Week at the Highway Gallery with an exhibition and workshops for young and old. The annual event, which celebrates the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures Australia-wide, will run from July 4-11, with...» Read More

 

The Balgo is in Beijing for exhibition

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-03 21:55:16

The Contemporary Australian art from the Balgo Hills Western Australia is on display at Beijing's National Art Museum of China, as part of the first event for the Year of Australian Culture in China. The Balgo exhibition is a...» Read More

 

Toledo Museum of Art Names New Director Brian P. Kennedy to Lead Museum

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-02 21:46:58

The Toledo Museum of Art announced today that Brian P. Kennedy, director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, has accepted the position as the Museum’s ninth director with a start date of September 1. Board Chair Betsy...» Read More

 

NAIDOC celebrations Sydney

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-02 21:46:50

NAIDOC Week celebrations (July 4-11) are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The...» Read More

 

Keeping place needs a home: Call for Indigenous art gallery at Barangaroo

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-02 17:47:01

Sydney Greens councillor Irene Doutney echoed calls by the National Trust to set up an indigenous art centre at Barangaroo, saying it could be an ideal location to permanently house the world-renowned Aboriginal art collection known as The Keeping Place. “The...» Read More

 

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art exhibition talk

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-02 16:56:43

Wally Caruana, former Senior Curator of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, will be undertaking an exhibition floor talk at 3pm Saturday 3 July at Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay. The primary intention of...» Read More

 

GROUNDBREAKING PROGRAM TO BOOST INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN NUMBERS IN ARTS LEADERSHIP ROLES

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-01 22:29:31

GROUNDBREAKING PROGRAM TO BOOST INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN NUMBERS IN ARTS LEADERSHIP ROLES National Press Club Address 30 June 2010: National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers Arts launch new Indigenous Arts Fellowship program The National Gallery of Australia today launched a 5-year initiative to boost the number...» Read More

 

National Gallery launches Indigenous jobs push

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-01 21:52:16

Indigenous artists are a strong presence on the Australian and international art scenes, but their voices are almost silent when it comes to leadership roles in many of the country's public and private galleries. In a bold bid to inject change...» Read More

 

National Gallery launches Indigenous jobs push

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-01 17:12:31

Indigenous artists are a strong presence on the Australian and international art scenes, but their voices are almost silent when it comes to leadership roles in many of the country's public and private galleries. In a bold bid to inject change...» Read More

 

ANANGU ART BROUGHT TO BOOK

ANANGU ART BROUGHT TO BOOK

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-06-27 19:42:10

“Now, almost forty years after its genesis, the epicentre and dynamic thrust of the Western Desert art movement has dramatically shifted from Papunya, Kintore and Kiwirrkura to Ngaanyatjarra and APY art centres. The untrammelled painting of senior men and women...» Read More

 

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-27 18:08:01

This groundbreaking exhibition reveals the triumph of human will and cultural continuity. It tells the story of the Canning Stock Route’s impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the Country that surrounds it, through the works of senior and...» Read More

 

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-27 18:07:26

This groundbreaking exhibition reveals the triumph of human will and cultural continuity. It tells the story of the Canning Stock Route’s impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the Country that surrounds it, through the works of senior and...» Read More

 

Wizards of Oz

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-25 21:00:59

"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to present to the Chinese public these inspiring works of Australian indigenous art. The artworks featured in the exhibition reflect the different histories, traditions and stories of these two aboriginal communities," he says. When...» Read More

 

The Owen and Wagner Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-24 20:53:49

For Immediate Release June 2010 Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Announces the Owen and Wagner Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is pleased to announce an important private gift of contemporary Aboriginal art. Will Owen...» Read More

 

Hood Announces Major Gift of Aboriginal Art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-21 20:44:31

The Hood Museum of Art has announced a private gift of more than 300 works of contemporary Aboriginal art. The collection donated by Will Owen and Harvey Wagner makes the Hood one of the foremost repositories of contemporary Aboriginal Australian...» Read More

 

Australian Aboriginal art exhibition is on debut in China

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-21 20:43:13

In celebration of Year of Australian Culture, sponsored by the National Art Museum of China and various departments of the Australian government, an Aboriginal art exhibition from Australia is currently on display at Hall 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17...» Read More

 

Made in Australia: Aboriginal art excites China

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-14 20:05:20

Art enthusiasts in China have the chance to get their first look at quintessential Aboriginal art. A new exhibition, Papunya Painting: Out Of The Australian Desert, opened at the National Art Museum of China on Wednesday night. Almost 50 works and 18...» Read More

 

Aboriginal art show heads to China

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-09 19:54:11

Art enthusiasts in China are about to get what for many will be their first look at quintessential Aboriginal art. A new exhibition, Papunya Painting: Out of the Australian Desert, opens at the National Art Museum of China tonight. Almost 50 works,...» Read More

 

Aboriginal art show heads to China

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-09 19:53:56

Art enthusiasts in China are about to get what for many will be their first look at quintessential Aboriginal art. A new exhibition, Papunya Painting: Out of the Australian Desert, opens at the National Art Museum of China on Wednesday night. Almost...» Read More

 

Wanted: Good home for $1.5m Aboriginal art collection

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-09 18:55:28

If you are caught in Sydney’s housing squeeze, spare a thought for Gordon and Elaine Pelot-Syron who need a home for around 1,500 seminal Aboriginal artworks, most recently collectively valued at $1.5 million. Entering their temporary warehouse in the old Eveleigh...» Read More

 

Marcia Langton's Challenging Portrait

Marcia Langton's Challenging Portrait

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-06-09 13:50:48

The National Portrait Gallery today unveiled a new commissioned portrait of Professor Marcia Langton AM by leading Blak artist Brook Andrew. Andrew was invited to produce a contemporary portrait of Professor Langton. And the result is designed to embody Langton’s...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art to be placed on display at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-04 01:40:41

Dot paintings from the indigenous Papunya community from National Museum of Austalia's successful 2007-08 exhibition are being sent to an exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. The exhibition, Papunya painting: Out of the Austalian Desert, will...» Read More

 

IN OUR FATHER’S EYES: WORKS BY SISTERS TARISSE & SARRITA KING

IN OUR FATHER’S EYES: WORKS BY SISTERS TARISSE & SARRITA KING

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-06-03 10:51:41

Aboriginal Dreamtime Fine Art Gallery is pleased to present In Our Father’s Eyes: Works by Sisters Tarisse & Sarrita King. In Our Father’s Eyes will portray Tarisse & Sarrita King’s connection, love, and respect for their father, William King (1966-2007),...» Read More

 

World comes to new Aboriginal art gallery

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-30 18:35:30

The view may be spectacular, but it's the eclectic range of indigenous art works inside that is drawing visitors from all over the world into the Burrunju Aboriginal Art Gallery at Yarramundi Reach. The gallery is the first of its kind...» Read More

 

A new Aboriginal Art Gallery in Canberra

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-30 18:33:48

An eclectic range of indigenous art works inside the gallery is drawing visitors from all over the world into the Burrunju Aboriginal Art Gallery at Yarramundi Reach. The gallery is the first of its kind in the region, an indigenous social...» Read More

 

World comes to new Aboriginal art gallery

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-28 21:02:12

The view may be spectacular, but it's the eclectic range of indigenous art works inside that is drawing visitors from all over the world into the Burrunju Aboriginal Art Gallery at Yarramundi Reach. The gallery is the first of its kind...» Read More

 

CIAF 2010 - Arone Meeks

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-28 03:27:48

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) attracted more than 10,000 visitors and 150 artists last year. CIAF 2010 is promising to be bigger and better. In the lead up to CIAF 2010 from August 20-22, Carbon will feature profiles of some...» Read More

 

Nominations open for 2010 Indigenous Music Awards

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-27 03:33:51

Nominations open for 2010 Indigenous Music Awards [IMAs] For Immediate Release – Wed 26th May Fast becoming known as the ARIAs of the aboriginal music scene, the Indigenous Music Awards will take place on Saturday 28th August in Darwin. Music NT...» Read More

 

Call for entries, Important Aboriginal Art from Private Collections- June exhibition

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-21 04:47:18

The gallery has had consigned a select group of Aboriginal artefacts, sculptures and paintings from three major private collections. For our June exhibition we are looking to augment these works with a small number of important paintings. In recent months...» Read More

 

Desert art to show in Beijing

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-19 22:11:48

From the Age: Dot paintings from the indigenous community of Papunya are heading to the heart of Beijing. In an exercise in cultural diplomacy, packers at the National Museum of Australia spent yesterday sliding paintings from its successful 2007 exhibition into crates...» Read More

 

Aboriginal art makes the long trek to China

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-19 22:11:42

From the Australian: The works are large and bold. Most were created in the central Australian community of Papunya in the 1970s when the Aboriginal art movement was starting to gather pace. In Canberra yesterday, some of those early pieces were being...» Read More

 

JOHNNY WARANGKULA'S LATE WORKS IN SYDNEY

JOHNNY WARANGKULA'S LATE WORKS IN SYDNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-05-07 14:37:14

Johnnny Warangkula Tjupurulla (1918 - 2001) was one of the outstanding artists in the Aboriginal art movement. Warangkula was born around 1925 at Mintjilpirri, south of Lake Mackay. Close by is his major dreaming site Tjilkari. His mother was of...» Read More

 

Lockhart River Elders Featuring recent works by Doris Platt, Elizabeth "Queenie" Giblet, Sue Pascoe and introducing Lawrence Omeenyo. 14 May - 6 June 2010

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-04 17:03:52

You and your friends are invited to the opening on Friday, 14th of May at 6pm To be opened by: Dr Maryanne Coutts, National Art School. In the past decade the artists of Lockhart River have taken the art world by storm. The...» Read More

 

Australian Aboriginal Art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-02 23:17:49

Australian Aboriginal art has always been a huge inspiration in my abstract artwork. I love indigenous art from cultures all over the world, but Aboriginal art always held a certain attraction for me – the colors, the patterns, and the...» Read More

 

2010 NPWS Aboriginal Art Award

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-05-01 23:05:09

2The National Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Rivers Region Aboriginal Art Award, now worth $6,500 in prize money, will be held in collaboration with Lismore Regional Gallery from the 5th June to 10th July 2010. The Award is open to...» Read More

 

Big name, big art, big chance

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-04-24 09:49:24

The National Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Rivers Region Aboriginal Art Award has one of the longest names in art history. Maybe we can just call it the NPWSNRRAAA… yes, that’s better. Anyway, the NPWSNRRAAA is in its ninth year and...» Read More

 

NPWS Aboriginal Art Award

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-04-21 09:35:51

One of the Northern Rivers Region’s most prestigious art prizes is once again set to build community bridges and celebrate local art. Now entering its ninth year the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Northern Rivers Region Aboriginal Art Award this...» Read More

 

Telstra Art Award now on Twitter

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-04-01 22:51:45

The art world is twittering with anticipation as the countdown to Australia's most prestigious Indigenous art award begins, and now the latest news and updates can be shared and discovered by people all across the world through social networking site...» Read More

 

‘Ngamu nu la ngurra ra kujupa – Bringing Cultures Together’

‘Ngamu nu la ngurra ra kujupa – Bringing Cultures Together’

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-03-30 20:09:18

ReDot Fine Art Gallery is proud to announce the 2nd Singaporean show of innovative works of the Martumili Artists. Following on from last year’s first ever, sell out, international show we will be exhibiting the latest and most exciting works from...» Read More

 

"Ngamu nu la ngurra ra kujupa" – Bringing Cultures Together

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-03-24 17:46:20

ReDot Fine Art Gallery is proud to announce the 2nd Singaporean show of innovative works of the Martumili Artists. Following on from last year’s first ever, sell out, international show we will be exhibiting the latest and most exciting works from...» Read More

 

"Ngamu nu la ngurra ra kujupa" – Bringing Cultures Together

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-03-24 15:59:00

ReDot Fine Art Gallery is proud to announce the 2nd Singaporean show of innovative works of the Martumili Artists. Following on from last year’s first ever, sell out, international show we will be exhibiting the latest and most exciting works from...» Read More

 

China, Australia sign MOU on reciprocal years of culture

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-03-24 15:00:29

The Year of Australian Culture in China, the opening ceremony of which is scheduled for June 8 in the National Center for the Performing Arts, lasts from June 2010 to June 2011. It will be a showcase of cooperation between China...» Read More

 

Art battle turns ugly as Aborigines condemn sculpture's sacred image

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-03-21 15:03:10

"This is the most beautiful thing that has been done for Aboriginal people," a Blue Mountains gallery owner, Vesna Tenodi, says. "They should be thanking me, but instead I get yelled at wherever I go." Tenodi is the owner, together with...» Read More

 

Australian Aboriginal Art and the contemporary gallery

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-03-20 14:00:25

Colin Laverty speaks on Beyond Sacred - Australian Aboriginal art and why it belongs in contemporary galleries + institutions and not ethnographic + anthropological museums. Colin and Elizabeth Laverty began collecting Aboriginal art twenty years ago, and their collection has been...» Read More

 

INDIGENOUS IMAGE WINS NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE

INDIGENOUS IMAGE WINS NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-03-05 10:10:50

Mr Andrew Sayers, Director, National Portrait Gallery yesterday announced the winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 as Scott Bycroft for the work titled Zareth. VISA has generously sponsored the exhibition and will provide the winning prize money of $25...» Read More

 

EAST KIMBERLEY IN SYDNEY

EAST KIMBERLEY IN SYDNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-03-04 09:53:22

Upon seeing the painting 1957 #20 by Mark Rothko at the National Gallery of Australia, Rover Thomas, the star of the original group of East Kimberley painters, asked: ‘Who’s that bugger who paints like me?’. Rothko himself was not averse...» Read More

 

BLACK & WHITE ARTISTS IN NT VIE FOR TOGART AWARD

BLACK & WHITE ARTISTS IN NT VIE FOR TOGART AWARD

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-02-25 16:45:45

The Northern Territory's Togart Contemporary Art Award is one of Australia’s richest contemporary art awards and entries are now open until 15th March. The annual Award is open to all artists who base their practice within the Northern Territory or whose...» Read More

 

Indigenous Prints

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-02-10 00:16:16

Recent works from remote communities across Australia 18 February - 14 March, 2010 Over the past 20 years printmaking has become a major art form in many Indigenous communities with celebrated artists such as Rover Thomas creating works that have achieved...» Read More

 

THE MUNIFICENCE OF ANN LEWIS

THE MUNIFICENCE OF ANN LEWIS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-12-15 21:09:24

“For better or worse, it is the strangest and most beautiful show of abstract paintings I have seen in a long time”. The Sydney Morning Herald's art critic, Terence Maloon was bemusedly describing his response to the first ever commercial...» Read More

 

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 VICTORIAN INDIGENOUS ART AWARDS

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 VICTORIAN INDIGENOUS ART AWARDS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-12-02 21:57:56

The Wathaurung woman and Melbourne-based artist, Bindi Cole has been awarded the $25,000 Deadly Art Award for her evocative photograph, Ajay. Bindi Cole is an emerging artist and photographer whose work reveals uncomfortable truths about the fundamental disconnection between...» Read More

 

BEAUTIFUL BEASTS IN DARWIN

BEAUTIFUL BEASTS IN DARWIN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-11-23 15:29:48

There aren't many art shows that could place side by side paintings, carvings, sculpture and weaving by a disparate of artists such as John Mawurndjul and John Olsen, the late Lofty Bardayal Nadjmirrik and James Gleeson, the Tjampi weavers and...» Read More

 

East Kimberley Painting Revisited

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-11-19 10:08:53

East Kimberley Painting Revisited ROVER THOMAS PADDY JAMINJI FREDDIE TIMMS RUSTY PETERS Caruana & Reid Fine Art is pleased to announce its collaboration with Jirrawun Arts to represent Freddie Timms and Rusty Peters. The inaugural exhibition to feature the recent paintings by these...» Read More

 

Find a Dream at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-11-17 16:16:55

Women’s imaginative thoughts and desires are celebrated in Dreams, on show at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery from 5 - 29 November 2009. The annual Aboriginal women’s exhibition features the work of Shirley Amos, Euphemia Bostock, Tracey Bostock, Charmaine Davis, Joy Duncan,...» Read More

 

Thomas Ray Ahwang

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-11-07 09:48:55

THOMAS RAY AHWANG At Pandanus Gallery, Palm Cove Saturday, 14 November, 2009 from 2 – 5pm Thomas is a Torres Straits Islander born in December, 1974. A precocious child, primary school did not satisfy his yearning and craving to learn, establishing a...» Read More

 

LOSS OF GREAT ARTIST FROM THE STONE COUNTRY

LOSS OF GREAT ARTIST FROM THE STONE COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-10-30 18:36:35

Wamud Namok was universally known in life as Lofty. This tall, gentle man first engaged with the white invader when he was about 16 in 1942 – walking 200 kms from his West Arnhemland Stone Country home to work in...» Read More

 

Jeannie Petyarre: Medicine Leaves

Jeannie Petyarre: Medicine Leaves

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-10-22 03:46:51

Jeannie Petyarre (Pitjara) was born in c.1951 on the Boundary Bore Outstation of Utopia, Aboriginal Art Regions of Central Australia. She is the sister to well known artists Greeny Purvis Petyarre, Evelyn Pultara, Rosemary Petyarre and Anna Price Petyarre. Her...» Read More

 

Richard Bell: I Am Not Sorry

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-10-19 15:18:03

Australia’s foremost – and most controversial – Aboriginal artist exhibits his work for the first time in New York A Location One International Fellowship exhibition curated by Maura Reilly OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, 8 October 2009, 6–8 PM DATES: 9 October 2009 – 25 November...» Read More

 

Culture warriors practise soft diplomacy

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-09-12 17:25:58

An ambitious Australian arts program aims to grab the attention of the Obama Administration. Washington correspondent Anne Davies reports. The largest contemporary indigenous art exhibition ever to leave Australian shores will open in Washington DC this week, the first event in...» Read More

 

Artists vie for Uncle Sam's eye

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-09-11 17:16:16

The largest contemporary indigenous art exhibition to leave Australian shores is about to open in Washington, the first event in a cultural initiative that aims to boost Australia's profile in the US. Culture Warriors, which has been curated by the...» Read More

 

Potomac River dreaming

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-09-10 16:52:46

Renda Croft had a clear purpose in mind when she chose Culture Warriors as the title of the first triennial of contemporary Aboriginal art presented by the National Gallery of Australia. She wanted to pay tribute to the 30...» Read More

 

Last hurrah for old man of brush Tommy Watson

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-09-08 07:10:55

It was only about a decade ago that Tommy Watson, already an old man, first turned his hand to art. His career took off at once. His works were eagerly sought by collectors, breaking records at auction and establishing him as...» Read More

 

Yannima Tommy Watson

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-09-01 17:04:43

‘Watson is a master of invention and arguably, the outstanding painter of the Western Desert ….Each painting tells a specific story, but the most impressive feature is the artist's use of colour…. Like Matisse, Watson knows that one may have...» Read More

 

ON-LINE VOTING IN THE TELSTRAS

ON-LINE VOTING IN THE TELSTRAS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-09-01 16:07:14

For the first time in its 26 year history, the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin will include on-line voting in its People's Choice Awards. In Darwin, people still have a couple of weeks to vote for...» Read More

 

Museums collecting Yass's Aboriginal history

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-28 06:53:09

A little piece of Yass aboriginal history will soon be on display in the National Museum of Australia and stories about how Yass aboriginal people lived will be taken to the British Museum in London. Jonathan King, a Keeper at the...» Read More

 

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair a huge success

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair a huge success

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-27 11:04:13

Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Anna Bligh 24/08/2009 THOUSANDS FLOCK TO CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR Premier and Arts Minister Anna Bligh has declared he first Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) a huge success with more than 10,000,...» Read More

 

Wayne Quilliam 2009 NAIDOC ‘Artist of the Year’

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-26 07:10:59

Wayne Quilliam 2009 NAIDOC Artist of the Year Aboriginal photographer/videographer and artist Wayne Quilliam has been awarded what is considered one of the most prestigious Australian art accolades: 2009 NAIDOC Aboriginal Artist of the Year. Wayne is considered one of Australia’s most...» Read More

 

PR and Politics at the 2009 Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-25 15:41:28

PR and POLITICS at the 2009 TELSTRA ART AWARDS. THE POWER of PR The fanfare is over and the red carpet has been rolled away for another year. The winners of the 2009 Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards are...» Read More

 

'Kutju Wara' (The Last One): Yannima Tommy Watson at Agathon Galleries

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-24 15:42:57

Agathon Galleries will showase select works by distinguished artist Yannima Tommy Watson in an exhibition to be held from 5 September to 11 October at their Danks Street Galleries in Sydney. Sydney Morning Herald Art Critic John McDonald will...» Read More

 

DANIE MELLOR WINS 'THE BIG TELSTRA'

DANIE MELLOR WINS 'THE BIG TELSTRA'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-08-16 13:03:59

"It's important to have my work in an exhibition where conversations occur between different sorts of art and artists". The National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (the NATSIAAs) at the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT in Darwin...» Read More

 

Crossing Roper Bar Forum Event

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-14 18:03:02

Crossing Roper Bar Forum Event Friday 26 August 2009, 3 - 6pm Federation Hall, Victorian College of the Arts Cnr St Kilda Road and Grant Street, Southbank Paul Grabowsky's Australian Art Orchestra and The National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia present a...» Read More

 

Bush Berry Dreaming

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-14 15:57:36

Bush Berry Dreaming 14th - 18th September 2009 9am - 5pm Opening night drinks: 17th September 2009 6pm - 8pm RSVP essential Smith & Hall Gallery 53-59 Great Buckingham Street Redfern NSW 2016 Josie Petrick Kemarre was born at Santa Teresa Mission, c.1953. and by the time she had begun...» Read More

 

Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship consultation workshops

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-12 15:54:09

Consultation workshops are beginning for the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship, the new partnership between the National Gallery of Australia and Wesfarmers. Designed to foster the next generation of professional Indigenous leaders in the visual arts, the Fellowship will focus on...» Read More

 

Painting by William Barak – the last chief of the Yarra Yarra tribe

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-09 17:28:50

WHAT ONE MILLION DOLLARS BUY Painting by William Barak – the last chief of the Yarra Yarra tribe – sold for 504,000 AUD William Barak’s painting, the Corroboree, was sold for 504,000 AUD ($421,797) at Sotheby’s during the “Aboriginal Art” auction event....» Read More

 

Aboriginal standouts should hold their value

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-08-04 05:34:09

Sotheby's Aboriginal art sale on Monday night is likely to see prices equal those of earlier sales of white-fella art this year. That means a discount of 20 to 30 per cent on the prices that were being paid before the...» Read More

 

The Creation of Indigenous Collections in Melbourne: How Kenneth Clark, Charles Mountford, and Leonhard Adam Interrogated Australian Indigeneity

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-07-31 05:58:16

My paper will explore three personalities, Kenneth Clark, Charles Mountford and Leonard Adam, and the impact they had on the creation and exhibition of collections of indigenous objects in Australia. Kenneth Clark visited Australia briefly in 1948 and left a...» Read More

 

INDIGENOUS ARTISTS UP FOR THE CLEMENGER

INDIGENOUS ARTISTS UP FOR THE CLEMENGER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-07-24 18:34:52

The 2009 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award has selected four indigenous artists amongst the 15 long-listed for this important triennial exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.This will be the sixth and final Award in the series following a generous gift...» Read More

 

Aboriginal art auction framing a resurgent market

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-07-22 05:51:11

Gabriella Coslovich July 21, 2009 FOR a glimmering moment, it seemed as if the boom times were back. People burst into applause when a prized drawing by the late William Barak sold for almost three times its lower estimate at Sotheby’s Aboriginal art...» Read More

 

2009 Aboriginal Artist of the Year Wayne Quilliam

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-07-20 15:01:44

Aboriginal photographer/videographer and artist Wayne Quilliam has been awarded what is considered one of the most prestigious Australian art accolades: 2009 NAIDOC ‘Artist of the Year’. In front of more than a thousand people at the Brisbane Convention Centre Wayne accepted...» Read More

 

Aboriginal standouts should hold their value

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-07-19 05:34:09

Sotheby's Aboriginal art sale on Monday night is likely to see prices equal those of earlier sales of white-fella art this year. That means a discount of 20 to 30 per cent on the prices that were being paid before the...» Read More

 

Public Works: Ginger Riley Munduwalawa

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-07-18 05:24:54

Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Limmen Bight River Country (1992). Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, bought 1992. On display until December 6. IN the 1950s Ginger Riley Munduwalawala was working as a stockman, droving cattle from the vast stations of the Northern Territory...» Read More

 

Ada Bird Petyarre c. 1930 - 2009

Ada Bird Petyarre c. 1930 - 2009

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-07-15 18:53:02

Acclaimed Utopia artist, Ada Bird Petyarre, well known for the breast paint-ups of her Awelye (body paint designs) and for Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard) paintings, passed away peacefully on Sunday 28th June. Famous for her bubbly personality, Ada was the...» Read More

 

NGA to run programs to foster indigenous art curating

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-07-10 02:49:06

The Aboriginal art market generates more than $300 million a year and produces some of Australia's most talented artists. But when it comes to managing and curating art, only a tiny percentage of Australia's visual arts professionals are indigenous. For three years,...» Read More

 

National Arts and Crafts Industry Support

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-07-10 02:37:25

The National Arts and Crafts Industry Support (NACIS) program provides direct funding support to Indigenous art centres and arts support and advocacy organisations. The program's overall objectives are to assist art centres to become stronger and to build a more...» Read More

 

Seattle Museum to Return Aboriginal Object, Without Being Asked

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-07-03 09:34:58

In 1970, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) founder Richard Fuller purchased an Australian Aboriginal sacred object that the museum has never shown. Now it’s being returned, even though no one has asked SAM to do so. The person responsible is SAM's African...» Read More

 

GARMA TALKS CULTURE IN AUGUST

GARMA TALKS CULTURE IN AUGUST

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-06-15 17:33:29

The Indigenous Creative Industries is the 2009 theme of the nationally significant Key Forum at this year's Garma Festival of Traditional Culture, Australia’s leading Indigenous cultural exchange, to be held for the 11th time in August at Gulkula, near Nhulunbuy...» Read More

 

RED OCHRE PRIZE GOES TO DOUGHTY FIGHTER

RED OCHRE PRIZE GOES TO DOUGHTY FIGHTER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-06-12 11:47:16

Yolgnu painter and rights campaigner Gawirrin Gumana AO was honoured with the most senior prize in Indigenous arts at the Australia Council's 2009 National Indigenous Arts Awards recently. The $50,000 Red Ochre Award was presented by film director Baz Luhrmann, recognising...» Read More

 

Colour Country: Art from Roper River' Tours for a Year

Colour Country: Art from Roper River' Tours for a Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-06-10 13:45:29

It could hardly be further from the rich wetlands of the Roper River on the Gulf of Carpentaria coast at the southern fringe of Arnhemland. But the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in dry old New South Wales has just opened...» Read More

 

Art & Heart: the art of Darryl Pfitzner Milika – a retrospective: 30 years on

Art & Heart: the art of Darryl Pfitzner Milika – a retrospective: 30 years on

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-06-09 16:28:15

Darryl Pfitzner Milika has been practising his art in a variety of mediums for over 25 years: he has been the creator, the designer and principal artist or "special guest" contributing artist for 3 of Adelaide's most outstanding public sculptural...» Read More

 

Senior Kimberley artist couple show paintings of their country

Senior Kimberley artist couple show paintings of their country

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-05-25 16:27:59

Luka (Mud) 13 June – 4 July 2009 In their second joint exhibition, husband and wife Tommy and Dorothy May present colourful new paintings of their country, The Great Sandy Desert. A beautiful large canvas was painted jointly...» Read More

 

Assortment of art awaits

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-05-25 00:32:07

Article about the Roebourne Art Group: Roebourne, known as Yirramagadu to the region’s indigenous peoples, is a place rich in culture and arts and nowhere is this more evident than at the Roebourne Art Group. Located in a small unassuming building in...» Read More

 

WA  ART PRIZE NOMINEES NAMED

WA ART PRIZE NOMINEES NAMED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-05-12 14:54:53

Fifteen Indigenous artists and one artists collective are nominated for Australia's richest art prizes. They are: Tony Albert (born 1981 Townsville QLD, lives Brisbane QLD)   Lorraine Connelly-Northey (born 1962 Swan Hill VIC, lives Swan Hill VIC)   Timothy Cook (born 1958 Goose Creek, Milikapiti,...» Read More

 

Interview with Leon Paroissien and Bernice Murphy

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-05-10 06:27:03

Interview with Leon Paroissien and Bernice Murphy This is an excerpt from the interview which looks at Aboriginal art only. The full interview can be found at the url below. The interview was made in 2006. In the Perspecta exhibition organised by...» Read More

 

Mawukura (Mulgra) Jimmy Nerrimah

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-04-16 05:02:06

Jila Ngurrara (Waterhole Country) 2 – 23 May 2009 Mulgra Jimmy Nerrimah is a highly respected Walmajarri elder and medicine man. His country is around Wayampajarti a Jila (permanent waterhole) in the North Western area of the Great Sandy...» Read More

 

'EARTH'S CREATION' IN ALICE

'EARTH'S CREATION' IN ALICE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-03-29 14:44:10

The painting that briefly set the record for Aboriginal art, and still holds the record for a painting by an Australian woman – Emily Kngwarreye's 'Earth's Creation' – is now on show in Alice Springs. During the 2007 peak in Aboriginal...» Read More

 

MOUNTFORD BARKS GET AN OUTING

MOUNTFORD BARKS GET AN OUTING

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-03-25 12:37:26

The small showing of barks and works on paper collected by Charles Pearcy Mountford during his American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhemland in 1948 – currently at the AGNSW – raises more questions than it answers. Which is not necessarily a...» Read More

 

ONLY DAYS TO GO TO RESPOND TO THE CODE OF CONDUCT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-03-17 18:17:54

People who care about how Aboriginal art is 'brought to market' have only until Friday 20th March to respond to the Australia Council's draft Code of Conduct for the industry. The place to go to examine their proposals – which were...» Read More

 

KALKADUNGA MAN ON THE ROAD

KALKADUNGA MAN ON THE ROAD

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2009-03-12 15:47:50

Australia's finest and most imaginative vocal ensemble – The Song Company - has pushed the envelope yet again, into the indigenous. And typically of this now-25 year old group, lead by the irrepressible Roland Peelman, it's an enveloping experience they...» Read More

 

Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-02-24 09:55:06

‘Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial’ is the inaugural exhibition in a series by the National Gallery of Australia celebrating contemporary Indigenous Australian art. Taking the recent ‘Culture Wars’ or ‘History Wars’ waged over interpretations of the Indigenous history/culture of Australia...» Read More

 

Artscape: ABC2 Dame Elisabeth Murdoch in converstation with Virgini Trioli

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-02-24 07:21:45

Virginia Trioli talks to Dame Elisabeth Murdoch about her life and ongoing arts patronage, including fantastic footage of the Melbourne Recital Centre commission of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop to transform a significant contemporary indigenous painting, recently acquired by the National...» Read More

 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART TRIENNIAL OPENS AT GOMA

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-02-14 09:52:15

Works by leading Queensland artists Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Dennis Nona and Judy Watson feature in a national Indigenous exhibition opening at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane this week. Arts Minister Rod Welford said Culture Warriors: National Indigenous...» Read More

 

Prime Minister to open an Aboriginal photographic exhibition at Parliament House, Canberra on Friday 13th Feburary 2009.

Prime Minister to open an Aboriginal photographic exhibition at Parliament House, Canberra on Friday 13th Feburary 2009.

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-02-10 05:20:42

Tears of joy and sorrow flowed when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd created history by saying ‘Sorry’ on the floor of Parliament house nearly a year ago. To mark the memorable moment Indigenous photographer Wayne Quilliam has been commissioned to...» Read More

 

The evolving face of Aboriginal art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-01-28 16:55:01

One painting resembles a Roy Lichtenstein, another has the emblematic target of Jasper Johns, and a photographic portrait channels Andy Warhol. If that doesn’t sound like Aboriginal art, then an exhibit touted as Australia’s first major survey of indigenous art...» Read More

 

Imagine if batik was the new black

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-01-28 16:47:17

From the Age about the new exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria: The spectacular flowering of art in the Australian outback has sometimes been called the Aboriginal Renaissance. Some whitefella pride sits in this charming title, designating...» Read More

 

Aboriginal art: it's a complicated thing

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-01-27 11:27:33

Tim Acker's article in ArtLink: While the art dazzles the eye and the prices make headlines, there is a fundamental disconnect at work within the Aboriginal art industry. The market's focus on the consumption of art and the profitability of its...» Read More

 

Collecting Australian Aboriginal Art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-01-26 11:29:55

Described by renowned Australian art critic, Robert Hughes, as belonging to ‘the world’s last great art movement’, collectors of art from this extraordinary ancient but vibrant living culture have, in recent years, fuelled a boom in sales. Prices at auction...» Read More

 

Written in the Land: Story of Queenie McKenzie

Written in the Land: Story of Queenie McKenzie

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-01-11 04:10:22

Written in the Land celebrates the life of Indigenous Elder of the Kimberley’s Queenie McKenzie View Flyer View Sample Pages The book on the life of an Indigenous leader of the East Kimberley in Western Australia Queenie McKenzie was launched at...» Read More

 

Blemishes mar a sumptuous history of Australian art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-01-10 08:24:15

In 1886, there was a tussle for control over the future direction of Australian art. At its heart the dispute appeared simple, but it highlighted a deep division. A student of the School of Art in Melbourne, Alice Chapman, was...» Read More

 

Vibrant outback on display

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2009-01-02 08:20:06

Pots by artists from Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs, feature in a landmark exhibition at Adelaide's JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design. Called From the Earth , it is the first time ceramics from remote indigenous centres have been brought together. JamFactory managing...» Read More

 

Museum has even more stories to tell

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-12-23 01:13:07

A large range of new objects and stories will be on display at the National Museum of Australia from next year as it transforms its five permanent galleries after seven years on show. Rolfe Harris's wobble board, which was recently added...» Read More

 

Written in the Land celebrates the life of Indigenous Elder of the Kimberley’s Queenie McKenzie

Written in the Land celebrates the life of Indigenous Elder of the Kimberley’s Queenie McKenzie

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-12-19 06:27:34

The book on the life of an Indigenous leader of the East Kimberley in Western Australia Queenie McKenzie was launched at the National Museum of Australia by Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin, Warmun Community chairperson Shirley Purdie and senior...» Read More

 

A passionate engagement

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-12-17 05:20:25

Marie Geissler on collecting Aboriginal art Described by renowned Australian art critic, Robert Hughes, as belonging to ‘the world’s last great art movement’, collectors of art from this extraordinary ancient but vibrant living culture have, in recent years, fuelled a boom...» Read More

 

New Beginnings: Classic Paintings from the Corrigan Collection of 21st Century Aboriginal Art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-12-15 04:27:56

For more than 40 years leading businessman Pat Corrigan has been one of Australia’s largest and most significant arts benefactors. A strong supporter of the innovative and of living artists, post-2000 Pat turned his eye towards Aboriginal art. The vibrancy...» Read More

 

The NIT Blacklist 2008

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-12-15 04:00:27

From the National Indigenous Times: 2008 was a year of highs and lows for Aboriginal Australia. The high was, undoubtedly, the national apology in February. But the lows were... well, take your pick. The federal government's failure to endorse the UN...» Read More

 

Written in the Land: The Life of Queenie McKenzie

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-12-05 00:41:54

Written in the Land: The Life of Queenie McKenzie This beautifully produced book tells the story of Queenie McKenzie, a remarkable indigenous woman from the East Kimberley in Western Australia. Now deceased, Queenie was an important cultural leader, revered...» Read More

 

GOOCH'S UTOPIA

GOOCH'S UTOPIA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2008-11-26 11:45:00

Of the key (white) facilitators of the Aboriginal art movement, only Geoffrey Bardon has ensured his own immortality via assiduous publication. And his reputation is based on just 12 months effort between the school wall painting at Papunya and his...» Read More

 

What is current? Who is current? These are pertinent questions in the ever-changing realm of visual art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-11-19 06:51:01

With 80 artists spread across 300 glossy colour pages, Current is up-to-the minute, controversial, sexy, political, dangerous or reassuringly familiar, depending on what page you turn to. Current is the new book from the Art & Australia team, and took...» Read More

 

Exhibition aims to raise profile of fibre art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-11-17 20:29:16

Penny McLintock reports for ABC: The curator of a new exhibition on Indigenous fibre art hopes it will raise the profile of the contemporary works. ReCoil: Change and Exchange in Coiled Fibre Art includes works by 15 textile artists and is on...» Read More

 

Gods, Ghosts and Men

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-11-16 08:04:58

The most significant exhibition of islander art in two decades is a confronting experience for all, writes Christopher Allen | November 15, 2008 Gods, Ghosts and Men - National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Until January 11. As you enter Gods, Ghosts and...» Read More

 

East meets West at local exhibition

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-11-14 01:03:44

One of the East Kimberley’s longest practising artists will showcase her unique artwork at an exhibition in Subiaco this month. Senior artist Peggy Griffiths, from Waringarri Aboriginal Arts in Kununurra, will present her East meets West collection of six large...» Read More

 

Indigenous take on stock route

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-11-04 03:52:31

The Canberra Times reviews a recent workshop on the Canning Stock Route: Last week, artists and curators from Western Australia joined Canberra-based academics to workshop an exhibition on the stock route's indigenous history. The exhibition is scheduled to open in 2010...» Read More

 

Papunya Tula Cleans up the Big Art Prizes

Papunya Tula Cleans up the Big Art Prizes

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2008-11-03 14:18:29

Pintupu artist Patrick Tjungurrayi has taken out the richest indigenous art prize in the country - the new WA Indigenous Art Award, established last year at $50,000 for the national prize, and $10,000 for a WA winner. June Walkutjukurr Richards...» Read More

 

Search for true identity

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-11-02 03:47:29

The Age previews the five shortlisted candidates for the Kate Challis RAKA Award: Along with five others - Samantha Hobson, Fiona Foley, Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi, Lisa Michl Ko-manggen and Pauline Sunfly Nangala - Thompson has just been shortlisted for the annual...» Read More

 

Not just the usual suspects

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-11-01 01:05:52

The Australian previews the announcement of the WA Premier's Indigenous Art awards: The $50,000 WA Premier's Indigenous Art Award aims to reveal new talent as well as the known. Can a group of men from the Great Victoria Desert win Australia's richest...» Read More

 

Janangoo Butcher Cherel

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-31 02:35:34

Janangoo Butcher Cherel was born around 1920 at Jalnganjoowa, near the original homestead on one of the longest established cattle stations in the Kimberley, Fossil Downs. His mother was Kija and his father, Gooniyandi. Butcher spent most of his working life...» Read More

 

Telstra Award wraps up

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-25 14:20:20

The NT News lets all Darwin locals know that they have one last chance to view the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards: This weekend is the last chance Territorians have to see the finalists in the Telstra Award. The...» Read More

 

Going, Going...Soon to be Gone! Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-24 14:15:47

Last opportunity to experience ‘Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert’, the rarely seen art of the Western Desert Aboriginal culture concludes its stay at the Australian Museum on 2 November 2008. This extraordinary exhibition brings together, for the first time in...» Read More

 

Going, Going...Soon to be Gone! Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-24 14:15:47

Last opportunity to experience ‘Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert’, the rarely seen art of the Western Desert Aboriginal culture concludes its stay at the Australian Museum on 2 November 2008. This extraordinary exhibition brings together, for the first time in...» Read More

 

Question mark over future of Indigenous art prize

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-21 20:09:47

ABC Online reports: The future of one of the country's richest Indigenous art prizes is being discussed at a forum in Darwin. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award is considered one of the most prestigious Indigenous art awards...» Read More

 

The National Indigenous Golf Championships, Ochre Art Auction and 2008 Deadlys

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-14 20:07:20

More than 70 Indigenous Golfers will tee off in Brisbane this week when the National Indigenous Golf Championships get underway. Nudgee Golf Course Coordinator, Peter Trudgian will take you through the course and why Nudgee decided to host the event....» Read More

 

The intervention into NT Aboriginal communities: the approach by the Rudd Labor Government

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-14 20:01:37

Barrister and Lecturer-in-Law at Charles Darwin University, Mr. Michael O’Donnell will open the University’s free public lecture series on Tuesday, October 14 by exploring legal implications of the NT intervention. Mr O’Donnell’s lecture will examine the Rudd Labor Government’s...» Read More

 

ABC TV Puts Regional Artists on the Digital Map

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-14 19:21:27

artpost, an interactive website and short video series for TV broadcast, which showcases artists working in regional and remote parts of the country, was launched last night. Peter Garrett, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, launched artpost...» Read More

 

Aboriginal artists gain royalties for resold art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-06 18:40:33

Reuters reports: Australian Aboriginal artists whose paintings sell for millions of dollars internationally but who often struggle for money will get a lifeline through a royalty charge imposed on Friday on their resold works. In a pointer to the problem, a distinctive...» Read More

 

Last opportunity to experience ‘Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert’

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-03 23:50:59

Last opportunity to experience 'Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert', the rarely seen art of the Western Desert Aboriginal culture concludes its stay at the Australian Museum on 2 November 2008. This extraordinary exhibition brings together, for the first time in...» Read More

 

Indigenous art code group sacked

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-03 12:46:20

Ashleigh Wilson for The Australian, reports: THE Australia Council will develop a voluntary code of conduct for indigenous art after a lobby group was stripped of responsibility because of "regrettable" delays and inadequate consultation. At the Cultural Ministers Council meeting in...» Read More

 

MGNT Considers Future of Telstra Art Award

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2008-10-01 20:32:04

The Museum and Art Gallery on the NT (MGNT) declared itself well pleased by the positive attitudes after the first of three proposed forums it's holding on the future of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards -...» Read More

 

‘My Top 3’ Symposium - Wayne Quilliam

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-10-01 12:40:47

Australia’s leading Aboriginal photographer Wayne Quilliam will be joined by a panel of experts to present and discuss his three most intriquing Indigenous photographs at the National Museum in Canberra on Sunday October 5. In association with the A Different Time:...» Read More

 

Forums to review Telstra art award

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-09-28 22:59:32

Telstra's sponsorship of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards is secure, but the format of the awards is not. Focus groups are being run around the country as the NT News reports: MAGNT acting director Apolline Kohen said...» Read More

 

Where To for the Telstra Prize?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2008-09-24 12:34:34

Telstra Art Awards Consults Arts Community The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) announced today (24th Sept) that it will be holding open discussions about the future direction of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art...» Read More

 

Fires from the Desert

Fires from the Desert

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2008-09-23 17:38:12

Two of the most vibrant colourists to emerge from the Western Desert are showing at the Agathon Galleries in Sydney and Melbourne. Both women are Wanarn residents working for the Irrunytju Arts centre, and only avid travellers will have the...» Read More

 

Ulema from Uluru

Ulema from Uluru

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2008-09-23 16:55:01

Trust the Birrung Gallery - World Vision's excellent Sydney offshoot - to find yet another new, old artist. From October 2nd, they''ll be hosting the debut solo show by Jim Nyukuti. In his 70s, this Pitjanjatjara elder has been too...» Read More

 

Cultural warriors with a different angle

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-09-17 16:17:43

The curator of an indigenous exhibition tells Stephen Bevis she wants to celebrate the artists as well as their works Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial is at the Art Gallery of WA from Friday to November 23. Danie Mellor: The...» Read More

 

ACPACS Seminar: Art and Politics in Melanesia

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-09-08 13:25:07

Political crises and social upheavals galvanise artists to give vision and voice to people’s concerns. In Melanesia, as elsewhere, art is an active agency that draws attention to issues of human rights and assists people to make sense of complex...» Read More

 

Special Screening of Twelve Canoes in Sydney

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-09-04 18:01:11

The Yolngu People of Ramingining, Arnhem Land NT invite you and a guest to share a remarkable view of their world with a special screening of Twelve Canoes to celebrate the launch of their site 12canoes.com.au 6.30pm Sunday 7 September,...» Read More

 

Taking Action, Gaining Trust: Aboriginal Consumer Affairs Improved by National Action Plan

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-30 18:54:09

The Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA) has released its mid-term report on the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy Action Plan 2005 th 2010. Mr Shine said consumer agencies across the nation recognised the need to continuously improve service delivery and...» Read More

 

Indigenous Consumer Affairs Improved by National Action Plan

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-28 18:40:45

The Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA) has released its mid-term report on the implementation of the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) Action Plan 2005 – 2010. The Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, the Hon Chris...» Read More

 

Business and art make winning partnerships

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-28 17:37:44

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on Rio Tinto and the State Library of NSW win at the Australian Business Arts Foundation Awards at the Museum of Sydney last night. Rio Tinto and the State Library of NSW created an...» Read More

 

‘Heimat’ at Newcastle Region Art Gallery

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-27 21:00:53

School of Humanities and Social Science In conjunction with Umulliko Indigenous Research Centre and the Newcastle Region Art Gallery Present Djon Mundine, OAM ‘Heimat’ Friday, 29 August 2008 6pm Newcastle Region Art Gallery Laman St, Newcastle Djon Mundine is a member of the Bandjalung people of northern New South...» Read More

 

Walangari Karntawarra ' Songlines' Exhibition

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-25 14:20:09

"SONGLINES :EXHIBITING TO SEPTEMBER 24" by WALANGARI KARNTAWARRA. About this exhibition and Walangari Karntawarra: WALANGARI WANGARDI KARNTAWARRA JAKAMARRA, also known as COLIN MCCORMACK, was born in Alice Springs in 1961. He is of the Arrernte, Luritja, Walpiri, Yankuntjatjarra, Pintubi, Anmatjerre and Alyawarre peoples...» Read More

 

Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition in Japan

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-19 12:37:51

A post from the Living Edge blog about the ABC Sunday arts program about Emily Kngwarreye. I flicked onto the ABC’s Sunday arts program yesterday to find the show was about an exhibition of the late aboriginal painter Emily Kame Kngwarreye...» Read More

 

Australian Government Responds To Senate Indigenous Arts Inquiry

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-10 03:19:19

Arts Minister Peter Garrett has today tabled the Australian Government’s response to the 29 broad recommendations outlined in the Senate Inquiry Report Indigenous Art: Securing the future. "The Rudd Government recognises that a vibrant and sustainable Indigenous art sector is critical...» Read More

 

Beyond Sacred – The Laverty Collection of Indigenous Art in Print and on Exhibition

Beyond Sacred – The Laverty Collection of Indigenous Art in Print and on Exhibition

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-08 15:48:57

Jeremy Eccles looks at Beyond Sacred. Quoted from the article: It's a crucial time for Aboriginal art. We should be sitting up and admiring the maturing of the most dynamic art movement in the country from a condition of amateur...» Read More

 

Papunya Painting

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-08-04 02:08:21

Will Owen visits and review the current exhibition at the Australia Museum, Papunya Painting: Out of the desert. Quoted from his article: Our first goal upon arriving in Sydney was to visit the Australian Museum and see the Papunya Painting: Out...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art Direct #5:

Aboriginal Art Direct #5: "Drawn into the world of Aboriginal Art" - A Conversation with Vivien Johnson, Curator of Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-31 00:27:01

Welcome to AboriginalArtDirect. Our goal is to provide you with a thought-provocative newsletter on the events and trends in the industry. In the feature article of this edition we talk to Vivien Johnson, University Professor, author and curator about her...» Read More

 

Only regulation will stop shonks

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-31 00:10:32

Joyce Morgan from the Sydney Morning Herald talks to Ben Genocchio about his book, the Four Corner's Programme Art for art's sake and how to improve the Aboriginal art industry. Mandatory regulation is essential if carpetbaggers, fakes and frauds are to...» Read More

 

At the NGV Australia

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-28 23:55:28

Will Owen discusses the National Gallery of Victoria Ian Potter Centre in a post with some great...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art on display at the Gallery

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-24 04:40:12

ABORIGINAL and Islander art is proudly on display in the Queensland Times gallery space of the Ipswich Art Gallery. Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Pisasale said the NAIDOC Week 2008 Exhibition marked the National Aborigines and Islanders...» Read More

 

Cessnock artist honoured at NAIDOC Week ceremony

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-24 02:47:26

From the Advertiser: Cessnock artist and art teacher Les Elvin received one of the highest accolades awarded to indigenous Australians when he was named Artist of the Year in Canberra at the NAIDOC Week awards ceremony last Saturday night. More than 1000...» Read More

 

Paintings to cover holes in the wall

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-22 07:30:42

10 ATMs around Australia will be painted by Titjikala artists in conjunction with the National Australia Bank. Quoted from the article: Titjikala Arts Centre manager Jane Easton said: "Their paintings tend not to focus on traditional styles. They are explorative, creative....» Read More

 

Buyer beware

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-20 05:29:50

Benjamin Genocchio writes about the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 which is preventing international collectors from acquiring certain pieces of Aboriginal art. Quoted from the article: I am all for banning the export of art of national cultural value. For...» Read More

 

Our life ... is land ... is culture

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-10 04:41:54

SAMANTHA HOBSON: Our life ... is land ... is culture, 11TH SEPTEMBER– 18th OCTOBER 2008. London Solo Debut At 27, Samantha Hobson is one of a handful of young celebrated Aboriginal artists exhibiting widely both in her native Australia and...» Read More

 

Eegarra Beearaba (To Arise from Sorrow) by Julie Dowling

Eegarra Beearaba (To Arise from Sorrow) by Julie Dowling

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-04 11:43:54

Julie Dowling’s new exhibition Eegarra Beearaba (To Arise from Sorrow) is an exhibition of powerful singular portraits and celebratory icons centering on the meaning of the National apology to the stolen generations. It is also a comment on what the...» Read More

 

National apology influences Julie Dowling’s new work

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-07-04 10:52:12

Julie Dowling’s new exhibition Eegarra Beearaba (To Arise from Sorrow) is an exhibition of powerful singular portraits and celebratory icons centering on the meaning of the National apology to the stolen generations. It is also a comment on what the...» Read More

 

Utopia: the Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye - The National Art Center, Tokyo

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-28 07:51:26

Some beautiful works by Emily Kame Kngwarreye and a review of exhibition 'Utopia: the Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye' by Scott Rothstein from Art Found Out. Quoted from the post: The galleries in The National Art Center, Tokyo are cavernous. The spaces...» Read More

 

Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-25 07:51:07

The Art Gallery of South Australia is delighted to showcase the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial. Traveling from the National Gallery of Australia, Culture Warriors provides a highly considered snapshot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary art practice. The...» Read More

 

Big guns feature in art tour

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-25 07:40:42

Culture Warriors, the National Indigenous Art Triennial, is on tour from the National Gallery of Australia with 90 works by 30 artists. The free exhibition will be at the Art Gallery of South Australia until August 31. Curator Brenda L. Croft says...» Read More

 

Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert

Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-24 08:26:44

Discover the rich and special meanings behind Indigenous ‘dot patterning’ in ‘Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert’. Featuring a stunning collection of rarely seen artworks, ‘Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert’ will answer all the questions you have wanted to ask...» Read More

 

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-19 13:00:39

Edan Crokill from Frieze Magazine reviews the Emily Kame Kngwarreye exhibition in Japan: Emily’s paintings are large in size – up to 8 metres in height or width (the artist painted on the ground, so the works’ orientations are determined by...» Read More

 

Eegarra Beearaba (To Arise from Sorrow)

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-17 22:21:11

Julie Dowling’s new exhibition Eegarra Beearaba (To Arise from Sorrow) is an exhibition of powerful singular portraits and celebratory icons centering on the meaning of the National apology to the stolen generations. It is also a comment on what the apology...» Read More

 

National apology influences Julie Dowling’s new work

National apology influences Julie Dowling’s new work

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-06-17 22:15:53

Julie Dowling’s new exhibition Eegarra Beearaba (To Arise from Sorrow) is an exhibition of powerful singular portraits and celebratory icons centering on the meaning of the National apology to the stolen generations. It is also a comment on what the...» Read More

 

Increased support for Aboriginal Art Centres

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-05-29 21:25:18

Australia’s Indigenous arts industry will be strengthened thanks to $1.6 million worth of additional funding announced today by Arts Minister, Peter Garrett. Delivering on a 2007 election commitment to boost support to Aboriginal art centres, 32 organisations have been funded to...» Read More

 

Indigenous art conduct code left out of Budget

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-05-16 02:11:00

NAVA, or the National Association for the Visual Arts that has been working on a code of conduct for Indigenous Art, has received no additional funding for the code in the budget. Quoted from the article: The code, which is in its...» Read More

 

First-time Funding for Aboriginal Arts in Tasmania

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-05-16 01:57:56

Michelle O'Byrne, MP Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts Thursday, 15 May 2008 First-time Funding for Aboriginal Arts in Tasmania The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O’Byrne, today announced funding of almost $50,000 in grants to Aboriginal artists...» Read More

 

Modern landscapes

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-04-21 12:25:54

CHAPEL BY THE SEA BONDI BEACH UNITING CHURCH MEDIA RELEASE 20th April 2008 LEADING ABORIGINAL ARTISTS TO EXHIBIT AT CHAPEL BY THE SEA Ruby's Place Gallery within the Chapel by the Sea will exhibit the work of Mini Heath, one...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Fine Art Finds a home in Chicago

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-04-15 22:06:35

Aboriginal Art Collection, a New Gallery Devoted to Showcasing Established and Emerging Aboriginal Artists, to open April 11 CHICAGO – Aboriginal Art Collection, the only gallery in Chicago devoted to contemporary Aboriginal fine art, will officially open with an opening night...» Read More

 

Divided Australia sails into the future

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-04-12 23:38:40

An article about the changing face of Australia. Quoted from the article: In an age when the world is becoming aware of the number of cultures that it is losing, the Aboriginal revival came at just the right time. Big business sat...» Read More

 

Samantha Hobson - Ngayu Aalmana Ngaachi Ngatangku - Growing up with Cuontry

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-03-29 14:37:52

Samantha Hobson was born in 1981 at Lockhart River, Cape York, the northern most settlement of Eastern Australia. She began painting with the Lockhart River Art Gang at the age of 17, producing paintings of the land and reef that...» Read More

 

Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Osaka

Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Osaka

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-03-18 12:28:57

From the very first time he laid eyes on the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye (c.1910-96), in the 1998 retrospective at the Queensland Art Gallery, Akira Tatehata knew that it was something special. At that time, Tatehata was a curator...» Read More

 

Ngaruwanajirri – New Work

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-03-16 14:22:21

In association with Ngaruwanajirri, Nguiu, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory 12 March to 12 April 2008 Following highly successful exhibitions in 2004 and 2006, Alison Kelly Gallery is pleased to present new works of artists from Ngaruwanajirri Inc., located at Nguiu on Bathurst...» Read More

 

Kunwinjku Songman

Kunwinjku Songman

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-03-08 03:25:29

Over the past two decades, Bruce Nabegeyo has established himself as one of the most evocative and sophisticated narrative painters of western Arnhem Land. Bruce Nabegeyo’s works bristle with a compulsive energy, as a multitude of spirit figures, creation beings and...» Read More

 

Special funding recognises the value of Indigenous arts organisations

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-03-07 10:01:20

The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett today announced funding of $1.3 million from the Indigenous Visual Arts Special Initiative to provide 24 Indigenous art centres with infrastructure, training and marketing support. “This investment recognises the importance...» Read More

 

Emily finally gets a stage as big as her paintings

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-03-01 02:48:01

Article in the Australian about the Emily Kame Kngwarreye exhibition in Japan. Quoted from the article: Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye opened this week at the National Museum of Art in Osaka and in late May will move to the...» Read More

 

Where to stash your cash while it grows

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-02-26 05:40:17

A response to the recent share market fluctuations, with a focus on different investments. Tim Klingender from Sotheby's is quoted: If you're thinking of forming your own art collection as an investment alternative, you'll need to be careful. And patient. "The majority...» Read More

 

National Center for Modern Art in Roppongi

National Center for Modern Art in Roppongi

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-02-25 02:58:34

A beautiful and interesting post from ibonito blog 2007 about the National Center for Modern Art in Roppongi. Quoted from the post: I saw that they have another exhibition coming up: the works of the acclaimed (but unpronounceable) Australian Aboriginal artist Emily...» Read More

 

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection Announces Distinguished Lecture

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-02-07 11:46:54

February 6, 2008 — The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection will host a distinguished lecture named for the museum’s benefactors, John W. and Maria T. Kluge, on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Ballroom. An annual event held...» Read More

 

Aboriginal Art in February

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-02-05 03:58:31

Aboriginal Art in February 5th February 2008 The term ‘aboriginal art’ is a tricky one. Separating indigenous Australian art from the religious practices and social customs with which it has been intertwined for at least 60 000 years is almost impossible—people, country,...» Read More

 

Six artists speak in March

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-02-04 04:03:22

Six artists speak in March 4th March 2008 One of the most profoundly interesting aspects of collecting contemporary art is getting to know the artists. Together with sheer physical talent, the success or otherwise of much contemporary art is heavily dependant on that...» Read More

 

Australian Country Style reader event at Murrurundi - Aboriginal Art in March

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-01-29 04:05:27

Australian Country Style reader event at Murrurundi - Aboriginal Art in March 29th March 2008 The term ‘aboriginal art’ is a tricky one. Separating indigenous Australian art from the religious practices and social customs with which it has been intertwined for at...» Read More

 

Axes swing at the NAMM Show

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-01-23 08:01:13

Special about the four-day NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center featuring the Ulladulla Aboriginal Art Gallery. The annual dam-burst hosted by the International Music Products Assn. (though the original acronym for the National Assn. of Music Merchants refuses to die)...» Read More

 

Our Way wows the USA

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-01-15 03:29:18

The University of Queensland's successful exhibit of Lockhart River Aboriginal art is continuing its international tour with a two-month showing at the University of Virginia. The Virginia exhibit of Our Way: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Lockhart River will run from January...» Read More

 

Drawn to a primitive urge

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-01-12 03:52:48

The Age Drawn to a primitive urge Gabriella Coslovich January 12, 2008 Quoted from the article: Onians is one of more than 300 international experts descending on Melbourne this week for what is considered the "olympics" of the art historians' world. Although another sporting event...» Read More

 

Mixing of cultures is far from black and white

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-01-12 03:50:23

The Age Mixing of cultures is far from black and white Gabriella Coslovich January 12, 2008 Quoted from the article: PHILIP Batty, a one-time art teacher at the Aboriginal community of Papunya in the Western Desert, recently received an unexpected call from a former student. The...» Read More

 

Culture Warriors

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-01-12 03:46:13

Sydney Morning Herald A vivid trip back to where it all began January 12, 2008 Quoted from article: CULTURE WARRIORS is a curious name for the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia. Gallery director Ron Radford admits that a...» Read More

 

Bedford's retrospective

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-01-11 03:54:47

The Courier-Mail Bedford's retrospective January 11, 2008 Quoted from article: It was sheer chance that the indigenous artist Paddy Bedford's work became known. In 1988 when Tony Oliver, the chief executive officer of the Jirrawun Aboriginal Art Corporation, went to visit his friend Chocolate Thomas...» Read More

 

2008: The year in preview

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2008-01-03 06:35:39

2008: The year in preview Cristoph Mark Daily Yomiuri Quoted from article: Shifting to another Commonwealth nation, The Yomiuri Shimbun will sponsor an exhibition of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, an Australian Aborigine artist whose impressive but short career (only about six years between her first...» Read More

 

Community winner recognised for outstanding work with Aboriginal communities

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-12-28 09:09:09

27/11/2007 Invaluable work with remote Aboriginal communities by Department of Industry and Resources Project Officer Tim Acker was recognised with a double win at last night’s 2007 Community Services Industry Awards. Mr Acker, who has been working with Aboriginal artists and communities...» Read More

 

The cost of culture

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-12-28 06:30:31

The Age The cost of culture December 28, 2007 An article about the art world in 2007. Quoted from the article: The buying frenzy began to rev up in May when Emily Kame Kngwarreye's Earth's Creation (1995) became the first work by an Aboriginal artist...» Read More

 

The canvas economy

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-12-15 07:11:52

The Adelaide Advertiser Tim Lloyd August 31, 2007 Article in the Adelaide Advertiser about rising art auction prices Quoted from article: The Aboriginal art market has been dominated by Clifford Possum, who sold a single work for $2.4 million, and Emily Kame Kngwarreye, at $1.1...» Read More

 

The Australian - A movable cultural centre

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-12-10 03:19:37

An article in the Australian about the potential development of a large collection of Australian Aboriginal Art in Perth, and into the digitisation of Aboriginal Art. Quoted from the article: John Stanton, the director of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, is not...» Read More

 

ABC News - Exhibition paints story of Papunya

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-12-06 02:09:02

An article about the November 2007 exhibition at the National Museum of Australia featuring western desert Aboriginal artworks from the Papunya art movement. These artworks are commonly referred to as dot paintings. During the 1970s and early 1980s artists in the...» Read More

 

Out of the Desert

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-12-03 07:34:48

Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert showcases the National Museum of Australia's extraordinary collection of Western Desert art. These works have rarely been seen in Australia. In the 1970s and early 1980s Central and Western Desert artists at Papunya, in Australia's Northern...» Read More

 

The Australian - Show throws light on art mystery

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-12-03 07:30:49

An article about the current exhibition Out of the Desert, at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. The paintings showing at the exhibition were tracked down by art historian Vivien Johnson, who has been researching Papunya Tula for 30...» Read More

 

Aboriginal artists in vibrant fashion collaboration

Aboriginal artists in vibrant fashion collaboration

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-11-28 06:11:08

Catherine Manuell Design has just announced a sensational collaboration with celebrated Aboriginal artists Amy (Jirwullurr) Johnson, Evelyn Pultara and Maureen (Murrarngulu) Thompson. Together they have created a range of extraordinary looking luggage and fashion accessories, available from October this year....» Read More

 

National Indigenous Times - Labor's plan for a shared future

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-11-26 02:20:00

An article about Labour's election promises and the impact on Indigenous communities including the following comment about Aboriginal Art: Labor will also provide $7.6 million over four years for the National Arts and Crafts Industry Support program to support Aboriginal Art...» Read More

 

Faces and Places: New Works by Irwin Lewis

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-11-23 12:50:13

Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries are proud to present the first solo exhibition in ten years from one of Perth's most beloved and admired artists, Irwin Lewis. With paintings on canvas and paper, as well as a series of computer-generated digital...» Read More

 

The Age - Longtime coming

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-10-20 12:35:47

The Age Patrick Hutchings October 20, 2007 A new exhibition showcases the creativity of indigenous art, writes Patrick Hutchings. Quoted from article: The land wars were declared by the British a little after 1788; the culture wars more recently. A marvellous exhibition of 30...» Read More

 

National Museum sends Kngwarreye exhibition to Japan

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-10-18 12:44:39

Quoted from the article: The collection of 120 artworks by the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye has been selected for exhibition at the National Museum of Art in Osaka and the National Art Centre in Tokyo early next year. The exhibition, valued at...» Read More

 

Continuity: Culture, Country and Family

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-10-18 03:33:27

The legacy of western Arnhem Land artist Bardayal Nadjamerrek is assured. With a distinguished painting career spanning over forty years, he is without doubt one of the greatest artists Australia has ever produced. Since his childhood, Bardayal has had an...» Read More

 

Lockhart River art arrives in New York

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-10-17 12:38:49

Spectacular Indigenous art from far North Queensland has arrived in New York for the latest leg of a UQ Art Museum international tour. Our Way: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Lockhart River will be officially opened at Stony Brook University on October...» Read More

 

Culture Warriors : National Indigenous Art Triennial 07 13th October 2007- 10th February 2008 National Gallery of Australia

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-10-15 07:33:49

The inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial opened on the 13th of October at the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) in the presence of many artists and a huge crowd of over 2000 people. ‘Culture Warriors’ curated by Brenda Croft presents...» Read More

 

Culture Warriors, the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-10-12 12:59:12

The Australian Led by visions of their own Miriam Cosic | October 12, 2007 An article from the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial, opening at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on October 13, 2007. The slightly hazy origins of the inaugural National...» Read More

 

Sydney Morning Herald - A place in the sun for a late bloomer

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-10-11 13:01:39

The Sydney Morning Herald - A place in the sun for a late bloomer Steve Meacham October 10, 2007 Article in The Age about the Emily Kame Kngwarreye exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka, 2008. Quoted from the article: An exhibition set for Japan is more...» Read More

 

The Art Newspaper: Aboriginal art dealers fight back

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-10-09 13:01:08

Red Sand Art Gallery sues journalists who accuse them of defrauding indigenous artists In mid July in the massive modernist Supreme Court in Darwin, a frail Aboriginal man with a shock of grizzled white hair and beard took the witness stand...» Read More

 

Martumili Artists

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-09-28 15:29:35

Boldly out of the west Stuart Rintoul September 27, 2007 In October last year, Martumili Artists began as an enterprise, drawing together Martu artists from the communities of Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Jigalong, Irrungadji (Nullagine) and Parnpajinya, as Newman is known, supported financially...» Read More

 

The Courier-Mail - Bendi Lango

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-09-25 02:44:50

Courier Mail article about the Federal's Governments changes to Indigenous communities in Australia and the Bendi Lango exhibition. Quoted from article: Sydney-based indigenous art curator Jenny Hillman has travelled to eight Aboriginal communities around Australia to collect 140 paintings for Bendi Lango...» Read More

 

NT News - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-09-22 02:50:10

Prize for 'Pa Harry's canoe Nadja Hainke 22 September 2007 Article in the Northern Territory News about the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Quoted from article: A painting celebrating the work of a traditional canoemaker has been chosen by the people...» Read More

 

Report on Indigenous arts and craft in Australia

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-09-14 04:07:23

Robyn Ayres from ART+law writes about the changes and challenges facing the Indigenous Arts & Crafts industry including the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications, Technology and the Arts, which inquired into the state of Indigenous arts and craft in...» Read More

 

Report on Indigenous arts and craft in Australia

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-09-14 04:07:23

Robyn Ayres from ART+law writes about the changes and challenges facing the Indigenous Arts & Crafts industry including the Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications, Technology and the Arts, which inquired into the state of Indigenous arts and craft in...» Read More

 

Desert Mob 2007 Events

Desert Mob 2007 Events

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-09-05 16:29:38

The Araluen Arts Centre, in association with Desart and the Alice Desert Festival present Desert Mob Symposium, Desert Mob MarketPlace and the Desert Mob DanceSite. This year’s event brings together recent works from 35 Aboriginal art centres in Central Australia, with...» Read More

 

The canvas economy

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2007-08-31 07:11:52

The Adelaide Advertiser Tim Lloyd August 31, 2007 Article in the Adelaide Advertiser about rising art auction prices Quoted from article: The Aboriginal art market has been dominated by Clifford Possum, who sold a single work for $2.4 million, and Emily Kame Kngwarreye, at $1.1...» Read More

 

A bigger and better bible

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2006-10-27 03:17:47

Faults aside, the new McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art is a mammoth achievement and a must-have for art buffs, writes Sebastian Smee From the Australian: Alan McCulloch began compiling his Encyclopedia of Australian Art as a loose-leaf filing system in the 1940s,...» Read More

 

Dreaming their way: Aboriginal art on view at Hood Museum

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2006-10-20 02:59:28

The Aboriginal people of Australia are that country's most impoverished group. They have an average household income 40 percent lower than the rest of Australia's residents, according to the Australian government's social justice commission. They have an unemployment rate three...» Read More

 

The incredible intensity of seeing beyond the surface

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2006-10-05 03:57:09

In his last two prolific decades as a photographer, Michael Riley appeared to dance from genre to genre as he expressed his concerns as an indigenous artist. Initially drawn to the camera for its capacity to capture realism, Riley soon expanded...» Read More

 

Barney Ellaga

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2005-04-15 00:00:00

Senior Alawa Community Lawman and Artist, Barney Ellaga is to make the long journey down from his traditional homeland in South East Arnhemland to the port City of Fremantle in W.A. especially for the opening of his first solo exhibition...» Read More

 

New International Auction House Enters Aboriginal Art Market

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2004-10-20 07:39:57

October 19, 2004 -- New International Auction House Enters Aboriginal Art Market. The significance of the Aboriginal art movement and its impact on the global art market has been compared to the emergence of the French Impressionists. The exponential growth of...» Read More

 

John Mawurndjul - New paintings

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2004-09-14 06:49:44

Annandale Galleries is proud to present an exhibition of the work of leading contemporary Australian artist, John Mawurndjul. Mawurndjul has received global recognition for his work and is without doubt one of the most pre-eminent Aboriginal artists working today. Far from...» Read More

 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award – Celebrating 20 Years

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award – Celebrating 20 Years

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2004-04-22 06:20:55

A touring exhibition from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 22 April to 25 July 2004 National Archives, Canberra The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award – Celebrating 20 Years, is one of the most significant exhibitions...» Read More

 

Building partners with Aboriginal artists and communities

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2003-12-19 03:23:38

Building partners with Aboriginal artists and communities U.Va. has largest Aboriginal art collection in world, outside of Australia Jane Ford When the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection opened here in January 1999, its off-Grounds location on Pantops Mountain was so remote that it may...» Read More

 

Lorna Napurrula Fencer - Paintings 2003

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2003-12-05 00:00:00

At around 79 years of age, senior Warlpiri artist, Lorna Napurrula Fencer, is producing some of the best and most exciting work of her career. Represented in the National Gallery, State Galleries and major private collections, Lorna\'s work has always...» Read More

 

Wangkatjungka Women

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2003-10-24 00:00:00

It\'s extraordinary how two senior, well respected elders and artists, Nyuju Stumpy Brown, full sister of the late, celebrated artist Rover Thomas can have such diverse styles in interpreting their countrys\' dreaming.Whereas Rover Thomas painted spare, muted ochre canvasses, Nyuju...» Read More

 

The Age - Aboriginal works and artful dodgers

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2003-09-20 06:43:40

The Age - September 20, 2003 Gabriella Coslovich As the value of Aboriginal art increases so, too, do claims that artists are being exploited, reports Gabriella Coslovich. An incredibly interesting article about the impact of the boom of Aboriginal Art sales globabbly in...» Read More

 

Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2002-12-02 13:38:06

At around 79 years of age, senior Warlpiri artist, Lorna Napurrula Fencer, is producing some of the best and most exciting work of her career. Represented in the National Gallery, State Galleries and major private collections, Lorna's work has always...» Read More

 

The fortunes of Aboriginal art outside Australia: ethnographica or art?

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2002-06-24 14:14:05

When Australians with even the most glancing interest in art meet overseas visitors, Aboriginal art is invariably a pressing topic. Tourists routinely buy Aboriginal work from all sorts of vendors, ranging from airport shops to Aboriginal-owned cooperatives. But many Australians...» Read More

 

Warlpiri Women's Paintings Lajamanu

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2000-09-08 05:09:55

In 1986 a small group of women produced the first paintings for Warnayaka Art Centre, Lajamanu NT. These paintings have become important documents of Warlpiri culture held in the National Gallery of Victoria, collected at the instigation of the curator...» Read More

 

Rover & Queenie

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2000-05-23 01:31:26

This exhibition pays tribute to the work of Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie, two major artists from Warmun community in the East Kimberley. The exhibition, drawn solely from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, also...» Read More