BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.12.17

It sounds like a rock group. It is an all-girl rock group, that just happens to be lead by the Kunwinjku/Yugoslav actor Ursula Yovich – an 'Aboriginal' actor who has achieved colour-blind cross-over into shows like 'Mother Courage', 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' and 'The Golden Age' so often that you might expect her to feel totally comfortable in today's Australia. But “rock is all about the pain” she asserts early on. So we feel Barbara's Blak anger pretty consistently throughout the show – sufficient to suggest that this is not simply an autobiographical portrait of and by Yovich the co-author (with non-Indigenous playwright Alana Valentine), but a Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright Award-winning text with music – plenty of it. Yet Belvoir Theatre's audience when I saw the show was predominantly the much-maligned white and white-haired brigade so that one wondered why the show's marketing hadn't enticed in a yoof audience for whom the expletives and punk-inspired explosions of rage would have been mother's milk! Barbara has two causes for her pain and anger – she was deserted by both parents in her childhood and brought up by her Aboriginal aunt, who is now dying and needs to be embraced one last time; and she has the distinct feeling that Australia is a racially prejudiced country. “You hate us 'cause we're black or pity us 'cause we're black”, she indicts. “Which is worse? You whitefellas have an infection that makes you think that I really am different. Shit you get crazy with hatred or crazy with guilt....This is the meanest, pettiest, most ungenerous country in the world. Because at the heart of this country is a theft, and now the whole place crouches, waiting, calculating about when it is going to be stolen back from them.....theft of community, of culture, of language,» Read More

 

ONES COUNTRY - BANGARRA DANCE

ONES COUNTRY - BANGARRA DANCE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.12.17

The art of telling stories via dance is an imprecise one. In classical ballet there are usually familiar stories supported by emotional music and a set repertoire of gestures with which choreographers communicate different passions and essential plot developments. In...» Read More

 

Great Artists, Great Stories, Limited Time

Great Artists, Great Stories, Limited Time

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 30.11.17

The sale of a collection of five works by the most elite of the original Papunya Masters at 15-20% discount has been extended until 25th of December 2017 (when unsold works will be withdrawn). These artists have achieved some of...» Read More

 

Moodoonuthi - 'Little One'

Moodoonuthi - 'Little One'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.11.17

The second generation of the acclaimed Bentinck Island artists – famously lead by the late Sally Gabori – is emerging with its own distinctive style. Just like Gabori, who covered canvases in huge blocks of radiant colour in order to...» Read More

 

SWEET COUNTRY

SWEET COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.11.17

Oh boy, has Warwick Thornton set us a series of virtually unanswerable ethical questions in his latest film as director and cinematographer! 'Sweet Country', his successor in terms of its examination of the Aboriginal condition in Central Australia to the...» Read More

 

20% Off until End November

20% Off until End November

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 24.11.17

A collection of seven works by the original Papunya Tula Aboriginal artists is being offered at 15-20% discount until the end of November 2017 (when the works will be removed). These paintings are arguably the best on the market at...» Read More

 

THE APY LANDS COME TO SYDNEY

THE APY LANDS COME TO SYDNEY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.11.17

Exciting and slightly controversial news – artworks by artists from the ever-fruitful APY Lands in the north of South Australia will be sold directly to the Sydney public at a Darlinghurst gallery from next year. The news hit the ground...» Read More

 

Entries Open for 2018 NATSIAAs

Entries Open for 2018 NATSIAAs

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.11.17

Entries are open for the 2018 NATSIAAs, now awarding $80,000 in prizes including the prestigious Telstra Award (the most outstanding work in the exhibition, $50,000) and prizes in the following categories: Telstra Bark Painting Award $5000 Telstra General Painting Award...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Australia

Great Artists, Great Stories, Limited Time

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 30.11.17

The sale of a collection of five works by the most elite of the original Papunya Masters at 15-20% discount has been extended until 25th of December 2017 (when unsold works will be withdrawn). These artists have achieved some of...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

Moodoonuthi - 'Little One'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.11.17

The second generation of the acclaimed Bentinck Island artists – famously lead by the late Sally Gabori – is emerging with its own distinctive style. Just like Gabori, who covered canvases in huge blocks of radiant colour in order to...» Read More

Events: Event

The Late Mary Macha

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.11.17

Somehow, the AAD failed to report the death in March of a woman of great importance in the development of Aboriginal art – Mary Macha. She grew from a West Australian job in the State's Native Welfare Department to handling...» Read More

Events: Event

Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» Read More

 

 


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