THE WYNNE'S A WINNER AGAIN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.05.18

It's been a process that's built and built over 3 years. For this year, the prestigious Wynne Prize of $50,000, offered annually since 1897 by the Art Gallery of NSW for landscape painting, has welcomed into its bosom 17 works by Aboriginal artists against 26 by non-Indigenous painters (and two sculptors), and they now require the best part of two rooms to show them off. Two years ago, the Ken Sisters stood alone in taking out the Wynne. Last year, the central atrium of the exhibition was devoted to mighty Aboriginal canvases, and Betty Kuntiwa Pumani took out the prize for a work somewhat similar to her two NATSIAA-winning canvases. This year, there are at least 5 masterpieces, in my humble opinion. And if Wawiriya Burton doesn't take out the prize for her restrained, green and pink work showing the jukurpa concerning small pregnant desert mice (mingkiri), I'm a Dutchman's uncle! She's been denied by judges too often in the past. And this is not only a less-is-more breakthrough canvas for her but it's a tale of mothering and Country, as Burton can explain: “A long time ago, when we were little children, we ran around our grandfather’s and father’s ground, and because of this we grew up strong. Why? Because it’s Anangu country – Aboriginal people’s country – of their spirit”. I should add that the big news today was the choice of the annual Packers' Prize in the 97th year of the Archibald Prize for portraiture – which went to a classic Packers' work showing a familiar face – in this case Jimmy Barnes, captured as a fighter by Jamie Preisz. Which is bad news for Preisz next Friday when the real, $100,000 Archie will be chosen by the AGNSW Trustees, who've never come to same conclusion as» Read More

 

NATSIAA FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

NATSIAA FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.05.18

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is delighted to announce 67 works have been selected from 308 entries to be part of the country’s most prestigious national Indigenous art awards, the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres...» Read More

 

Lynch v Crees in the Race to Develop a National Aboriginal Art Gallery

Lynch v Crees in the Race to Develop a National Aboriginal Art Gallery

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.05.18

Things are moving at breakneck speed in the competitive arena of National Aboriginal Art Galleries! Both the NT and South Australia are holding nothing back in selecting sites, on their respective design competitions for new buildings, on recruiting staff and...» Read More

 

Siena Stubbs' Yirrkala Birds

Siena Stubbs' Yirrkala Birds

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 01.05.18

Young photographer, Siena Ganambarr Stubbs, has published a book featuring photographs that she has taken of birds in the North-east Arnhem Land region of Australia. It is called Our Birds. Siena developed an interest in photography around the age of...» Read More

 

GURRUMUL

GURRUMUL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.04.18

How I long to get to Elcho Island! For this generous, ceremonially dynamic community of Yolngu tribes-people willingly sent out their blind son into the world to promote its culture. There was no way he was ever going to even...» Read More

 

Grants - Closing Soon

Grants - Closing Soon

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 13.04.18

Get your skates on - here's some ripper grants being offered to individuals and small businesses by fantastic companies and organisations, all with fast-approaching deadlines. Indigenous Languages & Arts Grants Close: 14 May 2018 The Department of Communications and the...» Read More

 

ENGLAND'S EMILY?

ENGLAND'S EMILY?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.04.18

Poor old Emily.....first there was the Qantas plane named after her with an artwork that didn't look like her's, and now Damien Hirst. Much puffing and blowing has occurred since images of the once-YBA Hirst's 'Veil Paintings' first appeared in...» Read More

 

THE SONGKEEPERS

THE SONGKEEPERS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.04.18

Weird coincidences abound, don't they? On the day that I saw a preview of the delicious documentary, 'The Songkeepers' about the (mainly) women's choirs that are a key part of cultural maintenance in remote desert communities, I also caught up...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

THE WYNNE'S A WINNER AGAIN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.05.18

It's been a process that's built and built over 3 years. For this year, the prestigious Wynne Prize of $50,000, offered annually since 1897 by the Art Gallery of NSW for landscape painting, has welcomed into its bosom 17 works...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

NATSIAA FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.05.18

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is delighted to announce 67 works have been selected from 308 entries to be part of the country’s most prestigious national Indigenous art awards, the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres...» Read More

Events: Event

The Late Mary Macha

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.11.17

Somehow, the Aboriginal Art Directory 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...» 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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