INJALAK IN TROUBLE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.02.19

It's reported by the ABC that the Injalak Art Centre at Gunbalanya in western Arnhemland has been placed in administration and that its 'Mentor Manager', Felicity Wright – a long-term art centre manager – has resigned. Only 3 years ago she was reporting a turnover of a million dollars a year at the art centre. Since then, several large-scale projects have been taken on. In Gunbalanya (also known as Oenpelli) a print workshop and cafe were planned and funds received. The cafe has never eventuated. In Darwin last year, Injalak took over the old Framed Art Gallery on the city's outskirts to establish Provenance Arts to provide an ethical outlet for Aboriginal community art centre product – more artefact and printed materials than fine art. Twenty-nine art centres are said to have signed up to supply work. But as they admit on the Provenance website, “This project has been undertaken with scant finances, a lot of work and a big mob of faith in the universe. If you’d like to become a co-creator and supporter we need you!!”. Cost over-runs for the restructuring of the gallery didn't help. And the non-CBD setting probably didn't assist their business model – which they describe this way: “Consistent with our guiding principle of ‘sharing and teaching our culture’, the business model is to create an ethical and inclusive space that provides excellent information about Indigenous cultural products and services, including tourism, and also markets and promotes artists and art centres. The model needs to be sustainable so it will generate income for the artists and art centres represented and can also pay operational costs. However, it takes a lot of financial and human resources to set up such a model initially and it requires subsidy in the short term. One challenge is that» Read More

 

ADELAIDE'S ABORIGINAL GALLERY PROGRESSES

ADELAIDE'S ABORIGINAL GALLERY PROGRESSES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.02.19

Despite rumours to the contrary only last month, the South Australian government has shown clear signs that it really intends to go ahead with a project that will take it beyond just art and, unlike its Alice Springs rival, may...» Read More

 

QAGOMA Pays Tribute to Mrs Ngallametta

QAGOMA Pays Tribute to Mrs Ngallametta

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 05.02.19

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) today paid tribute to leading Australian artist Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta who passed away on 28 January at her home in Aurukun, Cape York. QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said Mrs Ngallametta...» Read More

 

Discursive Announcements

Discursive Announcements

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.02.19

The Honours system in Australia was pretty good to the arts this Australia Day: no fewer than three ACs – the top gong - though I'm bemused at the appearance of Olivia Newton-John at that stratospheric level! Then there were...» Read More

 

TUCKSON AND TILLERS

TUCKSON AND TILLERS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.01.19

Two essays within larger publications have caught my eye as 2019 gets underway. The first is special – a substantial catalogue for the AGNSW show of Tony Tuckson's abstract expressionism has gone further than is the norm, taking us into...» Read More

 

SPINIFEX GUM

SPINIFEX GUM

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.01.19

Back in December, I previewed the Sydney Festival with its Indigenous director, Jandai man, Wesley Enoch: https://news.aboriginalartdirectory.com/2018/12/blak-out-at-the-sydney-festival.php He made it clear that 25th January – eve of Australia Day – would be Sydney's chance to consider a world before that...» Read More

 

Man with the Iron Neck

Man with the Iron Neck

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.01.19

It takes much courage and collaboration to put the sorry saga of youth suicide amongst Australia's Aborigines on the stage. Josh Bond started this process after personal experience; the physical theatre company Legs on the Wall took up the baton...» Read More

 

THE WEEKEND

THE WEEKEND

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.01.19

What's spiriting about this Sydney Festival production is that brand new names to me in the persons of playwright Henrietta Baird and actor Shakira Clanton, and in the production company, Sydney-based Mooghalin Performing Arts were, between them, able to be...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Industry

INJALAK IN TROUBLE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.02.19

It's reported by the ABC that the Injalak Art Centre at Gunbalanya in western Arnhemland has been placed in administration and that its 'Mentor Manager', Felicity Wright – a long-term art centre manager – has resigned. Only 3 years ago...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

ADELAIDE'S ABORIGINAL GALLERY PROGRESSES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.02.19

Despite rumours to the contrary only last month, the South Australian government has shown clear signs that it really intends to go ahead with a project that will take it beyond just art and, unlike its Alice Springs rival, may...» 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

TUCKSON AND TILLERS

30.01.19 TUCKSON AND TILLERS
Imants Tillers 'Journey to Nowhere' was at Latvian National Museum during 2018
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The Uluru Statement comes to Sydney

13.11.18 The Uluru Statement comes to Sydney
Artsite Galleries | 165 Salisbury Road Camperdown NSW 2050
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