Impasse in Alice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.10.19

Last week in the confidential part of its executive development committee, the Alice Springs Town Council, secretly voted to reject a swap offered it by the NT Government of its current town centre offices for a new Town Hall and library on ANZAC Hill. This would have allowed the Government to site its proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery in the city centre, which it keeps insisting is the only commercially sensible site for such a Gallery. This, of course, has been argued against by Arrernte Traditional Owners, who initally rejected ANZAC Hill as a site and have promoted a siting south of The Gap – the traditional entry point to Alice Springs/Mparntwe, through the one gap in the MacDonnell Ranges, themselves the Yeperenye/Caterpillar Dreaming. Aboriginal protocols insisted that visitors waited south of The Gap to be welcomed on to Arrernte Country by its Custodians, and TO Doris Stuart has long stated her objection to “mixing up everyone’s stories like eggs” on the the country north of the Gap, which is dense with Arrernte sites. This reluctance also applies to the site that the original Advisory Committee picked on – Alice Springs Desert Park – where the successful Parrtjima lights festival already takes place. As I have suggested before, there seems to be a remarkably successful art museum in the suburbs of Hobart called MONA, which would be the equivalent of siting NAAG south of The Gap. But, the NT Labor Government fights on against reality. Revealing the Town Council rejection itself, and responding with its own fighting words: “The National Aboriginal Art Gallery project is one of the biggest investments into Alice Springs in decades and it will provide more local jobs, economic growth, and social benefits. According to the comprehensive Business Case for the project, if constructed in the» Read More

 

FIBRE ALCHEMY

FIBRE ALCHEMY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.10.19

From ghost net sculpture to body amour, a new fibre art survey show The Alchemists, brought together by FORM in Perth, draws together diverse contemporary weaving practice from Indigenous artists and art centres across Australia. Opening at The Goods Shed,...» Read More

 

WE ARE COMING TO SEE YOU

WE ARE COMING TO SEE YOU

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.09.19

This book is a rare treat in offering both fabulous pictures of rock art in the west Kimberley while also giving the local Gaambera, Wunambal and Dambeemangaddee peoples' understanding of that art and its relevance to their lives today. The...» Read More

 

Mparntwe Muddles On

Mparntwe Muddles On

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.09.19

A week ago, the Alice Springs Town Council rejected the NT Government proposal for a complex land swap which would build the new National Aboriginal Art Gallery on the current Town Hall site in exchange for the council moving to...» Read More

 

Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent

Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.09.19

A follow-up to my Menil Collection story from Houston – for my enthusiasm for America's current positivity towards Aboriginal art may have allowed me to miss the Big Story. Which is the significant emergence of the Fondation Opale at Lens...» Read More

 

'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed)

'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed)

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.09.19

The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas is opening today its first major museum exhibition devoted to Australian Aboriginal art:'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art from the Swiss Fondation Opale. The show includes more than 100 works created...» Read More

 

Sydney Goes Contemporary

Sydney Goes Contemporary

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.09.19

It's that time of year again for the now-annual Sydney Contemporary art fair at Carriageworks in Sydney. Ever innovative, this year the show began early in the unlikely setting of the Sofitel Hotel on Darling Harbour where 3 suites and...» Read More

 

Victorian Bonanza!

Victorian Bonanza!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.09.19

Victoria is positively buzzing with the exciting breadth of First Nations' art and craft this month. I wonder how it's all coincided? But let's start with the Bendigo show of Indigenous Batik that opened last month: Desert Lines : Batik...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Industry

Impasse in Alice

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.10.19

Last week in the confidential part of its executive development committee, the Alice Springs Town Council, secretly voted to reject a swap offered it by the NT Government of its current town centre offices for a new Town Hall and...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

FIBRE ALCHEMY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.10.19

From ghost net sculpture to body amour, a new fibre art survey show The Alchemists, brought together by FORM in Perth, draws together diverse contemporary weaving practice from Indigenous artists and art centres across Australia. Opening at The Goods Shed,...» Read More

Events: Event

Sydney Goes Contemporary

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.09.19

It's that time of year again for the now-annual Sydney Contemporary art fair at Carriageworks in Sydney. Ever innovative, this year the show began early in the unlikely setting of the Sofitel Hotel on Darling Harbour where 3 suites and...» Read More

Events: Event

NY is the Epicentre

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.06.19

As predicted some time ago on AAD, Sotheby’s is moving its Aboriginal art auctions from London to New York in November. There contemporary canvases and historic artefacts will hang in the auction house’s revamped galleries alongside blue-chip modern and contemporary...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

FIBRE ALCHEMY

02.10.19 FIBRE ALCHEMY
The Goods Shed, Claremont, Perth, WA
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Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent

17.09.19 Fondation Opale Glows Opalescent
Fondation Opale, Lens, Switzerland
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'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed)

13.09.19 'Mapa Wiya' (Your Map’s Not Needed)
1533 Sul Ross St. Houston, TX 77006
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Sydney Goes Contemporary

08.09.19 Sydney Goes Contemporary
Carriageworks, Wilson Street, Eveleigh, Sydney
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