RETURN OF MUNGO MAN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.10.17

The bones of Mungo Man, discovered in 1974 and studied in Canberra ever since, will return at last to Lake Mungo in far western NSW on Friday 17th November. And the Aboriginal Advisory Group (AAG) to the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, where Lake Mungo is situated, has invited people to participate in both the handover that takes place at Lake Mungo, as well as staying for a music and dance commemorative event on the Saturday November 18 in Mildura - a public event befitting such a momentous occasion. They have asked this event to be free of charge for any who wish to come. This invitation from the Elders has gone out to Indigenous communities across the country, and extends to all Australians, as well. Mungo Man was first discovered in 1974 by geophysicist Jim Bowler working on the shoreline of an ancient Ice Age lake in Western NSW. This discovery and the earlier one of Mungo Lady by archaeologist John Mulvaney and Bowler in 1968 forever changed our understanding of the antiquity of human occupation of Australia, setting it back beyond 40,000 years. The discovery of these ancient ancestors with evidence of ochred ceremonial burials led to the 1981 UNESCO listing of Lake Mungo and adjacent lakes as the globally-significant Willandra Lakes World Heritage area. Mungo Lady and Mungo Man remain to-date the oldest human remains ever found in Australia and are the oldest modern humans found outside of Africa. Mungo Lady was repatriated with great ceremony in 1992. Now, after 43 long years in the service of science at ANU in Canberra, the time has finally come for Mungo Man to return home - to Return to Country. It is the wishes of the Aboriginal Advisory Group for this to be a moment of national and even» Read More

 

TARNANTHI 2017

TARNANTHI 2017

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.17

The program has been published for the second Tarnanthi Festival in Adelaide. At the Art Gallery where Director and curator Nici Cumpston holds sway, no fewer than 189 artists are listed as showing their wares – 58 involved in the...» Read More

 

Carnivale at Bundaberg

Carnivale at Bundaberg

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 06.09.17

Bundaberg, the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, will play host to a troupe of local and touring artists, acrobats, writers, filmmakers, choir singers and Indigenous designers from 6 to 15 October for Crush Festival 2017. The 10-day festival...» Read More

 

Lighting up the MacDonnell Ranges

Lighting up the MacDonnell Ranges

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 27.08.17

The Parrtjima Festival of Light will colour bomb around two kilometres of the MacDonnell Ranges with a light show accompanied to music for a second year. Running over 10 consecutive nights, the location (just outside of Alice Springs) attracted some...» Read More

 

Natsiaas 2017

Natsiaas 2017

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.08.17

Given the anniversaries celebrated this year - the 1967 Referendum, the Mabo verdict, etc - and the recent Uluru Statement process, it was perhaps inevitable that the 2017 NATSIAAs would feel profoundly political. And that's not just the Big Telstra...» Read More

 

ABORIGINAL ART ECONOMICS

ABORIGINAL ART ECONOMICS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.08.17

At a time when the whole future of the Indigenous relationship with non-Indigenous Australia is up for discussions like last night's eloquent ABC TV 'Q&A' program, the centrality of art-making to both the cultural and economic life of remote communities...» Read More

 

SCHOLL'S NEXT MOVE

SCHOLL'S NEXT MOVE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.08.17

Dennis Scholl may have fired up Aboriginal art on the US stage with his overnight Damascene discovery in 2008 of abstraction in Indigenous paintings, leading to a collection that had reached 320 works just a few years later, followed by...» Read More

 

APY ART DOMINATES THE WYNNE

APY ART DOMINATES THE WYNNE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.07.17

After last year's triumphant win by the five Ken Sisters from Amata in the Art Gallery of NSW's annual Wynne Prize for landscape painting, artists across the Lands have got hugely competitive this year! Nine major canvases by them have...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Event

TARNANTHI 2017

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.10.17

The program has been published for the second Tarnanthi Festival in Adelaide. At the Art Gallery where Director and curator Nici Cumpston holds sway, no fewer than 189 artists are listed as showing their wares – 58 involved in the...» Read More

Industry Corner: Festival

Carnivale at Bundaberg

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 06.09.17

Bundaberg, the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, will play host to a troupe of local and touring artists, acrobats, writers, filmmakers, choir singers and Indigenous designers from 6 to 15 October for Crush Festival 2017. The 10-day festival...» 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

Events: Event

A PARTING OF THE WAYS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.04.17

To own so much art that you can hold not one but three auction sales of it – the latest of more than 150 works - may seem a tad excessive. But any time spent with Liz Laverty – widow...» Read More

 

 


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