The Red Centre's Festival of Light

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.02.20

If you're not busy visiting the fire-affected tourist destinations in Australia - or if you're on your way around? - the annual Parrtjima light festival in central Australia is gearing up to be a beauty. Aptly named Lifting Our Spirits, the spectacular lighting of the MacDonnell Ranges returns in April with new illuminations immersing visitors in the stories, symbols and knowledge of Aboriginal culture. A series of talks, Deep Listening, with a line-up of contemporary speakers and topics will also be hosted in the Desert Park Cinema together with a program of films from Aboriginal filmmakers are also being featured. Local storytellers will inspire visitors in Fire Stories hosted at Todd Mall, as well as an amazing line-up of cabaret, live music and workshops showcased on the Todd Mall stage across the festival period. Award-winning Indigenous singer-songwriter Dan Sultan will also perform his signature soulful flair and rich roots and blues music under the vast desert skies of the Red Centre. Sultan will perform alongside some of Australia’s most exciting performers including Australian earth-sound band, OKA, and a range of Australian performers and voices as part of a series of soon-tobe announced music, talks, films, and workshops to be held in Alice Springs Desert Park and the CBD’s Todd Mall. Northern Territory Major Events Company Director Engagement and Culture Paul Ah Chee Ngala has called Parrtjima a festival for people from all walks of life and generations and "an opportunity to be immersed in a rich and ancient heritage. We encourage visitors to come and experience a festival that connects us all through story, art, landscape and light." Featured installations in this year's programme: Grounded – Women’s Hairstring Dreaming by Alison Multa This artwork shows kungkaku puturru, the hairstring that women make from their own hair for ceremony. In the» Read More

 

Influential Emily

Influential Emily

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.12.19

It's the silly season when TV is supposed to be on endless repeat and politicians go home and leave us alone for a while. However, this year the combination of Brexit, Trump and Australia's inextinguishable fires seems to have changed...» Read More

 

Sotheby's NY Inaugural Aboriginal Art Auction

Sotheby's NY Inaugural Aboriginal Art Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.12.19

The first dedicated Aboriginal art auction in the US by an international auction house was held by Sotheby's in New York on December 13. The sale surpassed its high estimate with 88% of all lots sold and set eight new...» Read More

 

Festivals in the Blak

Festivals in the Blak

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.12.19

“With the ubiquity of Indigenous cultural practice today, you just can't put on a festival without it”. That bold statement by the non-Indigenous Iain Grandage, newly arrived as Director of 2020's Perth Festival (7th Feb to 1st March) would be...» Read More

 

Cairns Airport Commission

Cairns Airport Commission

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.12.19

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) and Cairns Airport are seeking creative submissions from Queensland’s Indigenous artists to have their artworks featured prominently within the Airport’s newly redeveloped T2 Domestic Terminal. CIAF and Cairns Airport developed their already established partnership at...» Read More

 

KNOWLEDGE GROUND

KNOWLEDGE GROUND

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.12.19

“Dance is so ephemeral; we felt we owed it to acknowledge 30 years of dance and more than 200 alumni – dancers, designers, musicians, etc, and, above all, the cultural custodians who gave us the stories”. Steven Page – who's...» Read More

 

Daniel Boyd Shines Again

Daniel Boyd Shines Again

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.12.19

Internationally renowned architect Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates and award-winning Sydney-based contemporary Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd have been chosen to design a new public square and artwork near Circular Quay in Sydney. Based in Accra, London and New York,...» Read More

 

Linear?

Linear?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.11.19

“Linear explores over 60,000 years of creative, scientific and technological development and ingenuity through the stories, content and work from leading Indigenous cultural practitioners from across Australia”. Well, I guess Sydney's Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – better known...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Industry

Influential Emily

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.12.19

It's the silly season when TV is supposed to be on endless repeat and politicians go home and leave us alone for a while. However, this year the combination of Brexit, Trump and Australia's inextinguishable fires seems to have changed...» Read More

Industry Corner: Auction

Sotheby's NY Inaugural Aboriginal Art Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.12.19

The first dedicated Aboriginal art auction in the US by an international auction house was held by Sotheby's in New York on December 13. The sale surpassed its high estimate with 88% of all lots sold and set eight new...» Read More

Events: Auction

Sotheby's NY Inaugural Aboriginal Art Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.12.19

The first dedicated Aboriginal art auction in the US by an international auction house was held by Sotheby's in New York on December 13. The sale surpassed its high estimate with 88% of all lots sold and set eight new...» Read More

Events: Event

The Auction Time of Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.11.19

“Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. A number of exceptional paintings (by...» Read More