The Aboriginal Memorial – A Smouldering Reproach

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.18

The 30th anniversary of the 1988 creation of The Aboriginal Memorial of 200 dupun/hollow log bone coffins by 43 artists from Ramingining is being celebrated this weekend with a lecture, conversations, a film and a symposium at the National Gallery (NGA) in Canberra. As the only artwork in the NGA's collection that is an immutable presence in the Gallery, there's no doubt of its importance in that institution's eyes. But is it actually in the right place? Should it be the reminder at the Australian War Memorial that 200 years of uncounted Aboriginal deaths commemorated by those dupun should be seen as just as significant as the losses by Australians – both Black and white – in foreign wars? Or should it be in the new Parliament House – to which it was first offered in 1988, though Michael Nelson Jagamara's mosaic was considered to be enough Indigenous content? It might have been a constant reminder to our self-centred Parliamentarians of the unresolved condition of Aboriginal Australia. For, sadly, Michael Nelson doesn't seem to have felt that his artwork was working. In 1993, he wanted “to take my painting back to my people” because “the Government of Australia has not recognised our people and our culture; it's abusing my painting and insulting my people”. And he removed a central motif. How did The Aboriginal Memorial come about? As a celebration, 1988 was of course anathema for many Aborigines...200 years of annihilation and assimilation. But the Yolngu artists of Ramingining needed to make art to feed themselves, so boycotting proceedings was unviable in the eyes of Djon Mundine, long-time art coordinator in the community. “Absence wouldn't have cut it”, he told me; “people would just say we went walkabout”. A local museum project was equally out of sight. But expat journo» Read More

 

Closing the Craft Circle

Closing the Craft Circle

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.10.18

Sturt Gallery and Ernabella Arts present In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka, an exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts – the first of our now many community arts centres....» Read More

 

Quilliam's Blood, Bone, Ascension

Quilliam's Blood, Bone, Ascension

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 03.10.18

The work of award-winning photographer, Wayne Quilliam, is currently on show at The Mining Exchange in Ballarat. Quilliam, whose photographs are featured in the Aboriginal Art Directory's social media, is now presenting a more stylised output, describing it himself as,...» Read More

 

Greg Weight: More Stories

Greg Weight: More Stories

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.09.18

Our original piece on Greg Weight Stories behind the Images was published on 4 September 2018. In September 2016, Michael Nelson Jagamara's 1984 work, Five Stories set a Sotheby's auction record for an Aboriginal artist (reported here by his...» Read More

 

OCEANS APART

OCEANS APART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.09.18

He's young and he's earnest, he's British and he's white, and he's telling the Brits all about Aboriginal art. Anything wrong with that? Well, in Australia, it couldn't happen. Because, increasingly, only Aboriginal people are allowed to take on that...» Read More

 

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY  2018

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2018

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.09.18

I'm not sure they really get it! 'Australiasia's Premier International Art Fair', Sydney Contemporary, opened today with expectations of exceeding last year's c$16m. turnover before it closes on Sunday. Yet neither the Director in his opening remarks nor the 'Art...» Read More

 

Alice Springs Gallery Project – Mixed Views

Alice Springs Gallery Project – Mixed Views

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.09.18

The findings of a three-month consultation program by the NT Government with the local Alice Springs community have been released with 88 per cent of the Alice Springs community consulted saying they want the project to progress and were either...» Read More

 

The Museum Race Hots Up

The Museum Race Hots Up

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.09.18

The SA Liberal Government today allocated $60m. in its inaugural Budget for the first stages of construction of “a world-leading Aboriginal art and cultures gallery” on the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site at the end of North Terrace in the...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Event

The Aboriginal Memorial – A Smouldering Reproach

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.18

The 30th anniversary of the 1988 creation of The Aboriginal Memorial of 200 dupun/hollow log bone coffins by 43 artists from Ramingining is being celebrated this weekend with a lecture, conversations, a film and a symposium at the National Gallery...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

Closing the Craft Circle

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.10.18

Sturt Gallery and Ernabella Arts present In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka, an exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts – the first of our now many community arts centres....» Read More

Events: Event

The Aboriginal Memorial – A Smouldering Reproach

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.18

The 30th anniversary of the 1988 creation of The Aboriginal Memorial of 200 dupun/hollow log bone coffins by 43 artists from Ramingining is being celebrated this weekend with a lecture, conversations, a film and a symposium at the National Gallery...» Read More

Events: Event

Whispering Still

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.08.18

Twenty years ago, almost single-handedly kicking off the History Wars, Henry Reynolds published 'This Whispering in Our Hearts'. For him it was the culmination of researches stimulated in 1971 by his first job teaching history at the Townsville University College...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Closing the Craft Circle

03.10.18 Closing the Craft Circle
Australian Design Centre, 101 William Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney
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Quilliam's Blood, Bone, Ascension

03.10.18 Quilliam's Blood, Bone, Ascension
The Mining Exchange, 12 Lydiard Street North Ballarat Central, VIC, 3350
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SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY  2018

13.09.18 SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2018
Carriageworks, Eveleigh, Sydney
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