THE NIGHTINGALE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.08.19

As Australian audiences brace themselves for Quentin Tarantino's latest exploration of gratuitous violence, bear in mind that Australia's own dark side will be on view in cinemas from August 29th – in 'The Nightingale'. Such a sweet bird! But Jennifer ('The Babadook') Kent's attachment of that soubriquet to the Irish lass, Clare, played by Aisling Franciosi (of 'The Fall' and 'Game of Thrones' fame), relates only to her sweet singing voice, not to her much tougher character. But then, who'd not be toughened by multiple rapes followed by the death of her husband and the bashing out of her baby's brains? And who might be responsible for this extreme violence? The Blacks??? For the film is set in Van Dieman's Land (as Tasmania was then known) in 1825, just a year after the Black War had commenced. No, it wasn't Tasmania's Palawa First People. A little history, from Nicholas Clements, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania in 'The Conversation': “Tasmania’s Black War (1824-31) was the most intense frontier conflict in Australia’s history. It was a clash between the most culturally and technologically dissimilar humans to have ever come into contact. At stake was nothing less than control of the country, and the survival of a people. "Around 1000 lives were lost, but the loss of cultures and histories was far costlier. Aboriginal war parties torched dozens of properties, plundered hundreds of homes and speared thousands of sheep and cattle. Even more devastating was the human toll: 223 colonists killed and 226 wounded. “Colonial forces played a significant role in the frontier conflict, which culminated in 1830 with the Black Line – the largest domestic offensive in Australia’s history. This ambitious seven-week operation involved 550 soldiers and 1,650 settlers and convicts – fully 10% of the colony’s population. And» Read More

 

NINGALI

NINGALI

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.08.19

Josie/Ningali Lawford-Wolf, the great Wangkatjungka/Walmatjarri actor who emerged (along with a few others of her ilk) during the 1997 Sydney Olympic Festival of the Dreaming with her one-woman eponymously-titled show has died while on tour at the Edinburgh Festival with...» Read More

 

2019 Telstra NATSIAAs

2019 Telstra NATSIAAs

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.08.19

The political flavour of last weekend's Garma Festival has swept across Arnhemland to Darwin and crept up in the background for this 36th iteration of Australia's major Indigenous art event. Several of the 68 artworks chosen as finalists - including...» Read More

 

Blak Douglas Wins the Kilgour

Blak Douglas Wins the Kilgour

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 02.08.19

When we interviewed Blak Douglas about his Lucky Country series being acquired by the National Gallery of Australia in 2017, we ended by asking, Where to from here? And he answered, "The sky's as limited as a Michael Riley masterpiece"....» Read More

 

Save the Date - Tarnanthi in October

Save the Date - Tarnanthi in October

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 31.07.19

Tarnanthi, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, returns for the fourth time in October. Internationally acclaimed and recognised as the largest festival of its kind every second year, Tarnanthi 2019 includes...» Read More

 

The McKenzie Powerhouse

The McKenzie Powerhouse

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 22.07.19

In 2016, Elder Regina McKenzie and her daughter, Juanella, woke to the news that the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia was being considered as a dumping site for nuclear waste from Scotland. Regina, a Traditional Owner of the Flinders...» Read More

 

Large Scale Digital Art Exhibition

Large Scale Digital Art Exhibition

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 20.06.19

A large-scale 24-hour digital art exhibition featuring photographic work of Wayne Quilliam, curated by aMBUSH Gallery, will run in the bustling outdoor space of Sydney's Darling Quarter over NAIDOC Week. Called Insta-Culture, the exhibition comprises 16 images (each 2.4m x...» Read More

 

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.06.19

The Sydney Film Festival has had an honourable history of selecting excellent Indigenous films in recent years – with particular mention of Warwick Thornton's witty Southern Cross doco, 'We Don't Need a Map', last year's legal/political 'Wik v Queensland', Warlpiri...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Industry

Save the Date - Tarnanthi in October

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 31.07.19

Tarnanthi, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, returns for the fourth time in October. Internationally acclaimed and recognised as the largest festival of its kind every second year, Tarnanthi 2019 includes...» Read More

Industry Corner: Australia

The McKenzie Powerhouse

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 22.07.19

In 2016, Elder Regina McKenzie and her daughter, Juanella, woke to the news that the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia was being considered as a dumping site for nuclear waste from Scotland. Regina, a Traditional Owner of the Flinders...» 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

Events: Event

DIGGING FOR HONEY ANTS AT PAPUNYA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.05.19

Unusual for Aboriginal Art Directory – a link with something to listen to! Recently, John Kean – an early Papunya Tula Artists staffer, researcher and frequent writer about those pioneering days at Papunya in the 70s – was asked to...» Read More