Jandamarra: Sing for the Country : Ngalanyabarra Muwayi.u

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.10.19

If you are in Sydney on Friday, it would be a mistake to miss out on the single performance of 'Jandamarra', the dramatic cantata telling the story of Aboriginal Australia's Ned Kelly – the Geronimo of The Kimberley. Killed by the cops at the age of 23 in 1879, he'd lead a 3-year insurrection against the white invasion of The Kimberley on behalf of his resident Bunuba people. And this classical music version is very much their telling of the story, handed down orally through six generations of Bunuba. This presentation is a saga in itself. Steve Hawke – son of Bob and Hazel – first went to the Kimberley 40 years ago to fight for land rights at Noonkanbah Station. The story of Jandamarra entered his life soon after, and, with June Oscar – now the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, but then a Bunuba linguist, song woman and alcohol campaigner – they dreamed of a film that would turn their man into a nationally, even internationally known, freedom fighter. That film is still in their dreams. But a junba song cycle, an epic play by Hawke performed a couple of times in the West, and in 2014 this composition by Paul Stanhope commissioned by the Sydney Symphony have all happened. And that 2014 performance was hailed as "fucking fantastic" by Hawke! Stanhope's position as a composition teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium has allowed the mighty forces involved to be pulled together again this week. For, as the SSO explained in 2014, "In order to tell the story of Jandamarra through song, a vast array of soundscapes have been brought together. Two boy soloists, a children’s choir, larger and smaller four-part choirs, a solo baritone, a large orchestral palette and the earthy sounds of traditional music» Read More

 

Impasse in Alice

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

 

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

 

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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