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 selected by the Festival organisers and mount a simple but engrossing production without any significant history in Aboriginal performance. Some credit should go to the Yellamundie Playwriting Festival in 2017 – an ongoing feature of the Festival - which helped to develop the script. Names out of the blue finding gold. Lara is a mother and, less obviously, a dancer – rather like Henrietta Baird, who admits that the play is heavily autobiographical. Her current employment in Cairns doesn't help her maternal, Redfern-based situation, especially when husband, Simon, goes awol. Shakira Clanton, alone, plays Lara and any number of other characters, from her sons to the many women who may be leading Simon astray, filling the bare stage with colour, tragedy and drama. Her only support is a complex music beat that matched the drama from composers Nick Wales and Dobby, and three mirrors which light up to become the noisome, shit-stained lifts of Redfern's twin tower blocks and tracking police who seem to think that drugs may be involved! Indeed they are – not Lara, but indubitably Simon and the ladies of the night – and, in the end, one had to wonder why on earth Lara thought that Simon could possibly manage their two boys in her absence. But en route to this uncertain conclusion, we were lead colourfully through the tribulations of so many dysfunctional urban Indigenous up-bringings such that the omnipresent Ronnie's “community service” providing heroin, etc to “calm down” people who would otherwise be screaming their heads off seems almost justified. Lara's naivety re her» Read More

 

#alwayswill be

#alwayswill be

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.01.19

The SBS TV spin-off, NITV is building up to a big day on 26th January with a series of top documentaries and feature films that cover some of the major stories and issues in Indigenous Australia, mostly by Aboriginal creators...» Read More

 

Both 'National' Aboriginal Art Galleries on Hold!

Both 'National' Aboriginal Art Galleries on Hold!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.01.19

What is it about projects to create a national Indigenous/Aboriginal art or cultural centre that seems perpetually doomed? Sydney thought about it for Barangaroo, Perth has talked about it. The NT got really excited when the current ALP government was...» Read More

 

Blak Out at the Sydney Festival

Blak Out at the Sydney Festival

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.12.18

Has Sydney ever had such a political Artistic Director for its annual fun-fest? But then, is it possible to be an Aboriginal artistic leader and not be political??? Wesley Enoch doesn't make a great fuss about his ancestry – shared,...» Read More

 

DUBBOO

DUBBOO

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.12.18

This was undoubtedly the most self-indulgent show that one might ever experience from a Major Performing Art Group company! Navel-gazing (and showing) wasn't in it as Bangarra celebrated the life and work of the man who conjured twenty seven scores...» Read More

 

Remote Arts Workers at UniMelb

Remote Arts Workers at UniMelb

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.12.18

Young Aboriginal artists and arts workers from across northern Australia are spending two weeks taking part in a ground-breaking Indigenous learning program at the University of Melbourne. It is the first accredited University program in Australia designed specifically for Indigenous...» Read More

 

Introduction - The perplexing case of indigenous art

Introduction - The perplexing case of indigenous art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.12.18

A few months ago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning US critic Jerry Saltz wrote an essay in which he referred to Aboriginal art as "outsider art". He was using this term as a 'default label' and didn't mean it as a criticism...» Read More

 

KATHLEEN PETYARRE

KATHLEEN PETYARRE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.11.18

We've lost another of the first white contact pioneers of acrylic painting from Utopia – Kathleen Petyarre, who died aged 80 on 24th November. Kathleen, or, as she was born, Kweyetemp Petyarre, was one of seven sisters from Atnangker, a...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Industry

Both 'National' Aboriginal Art Galleries on Hold!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.01.19

What is it about projects to create a national Indigenous/Aboriginal art or cultural centre that seems perpetually doomed? Sydney thought about it for Barangaroo, Perth has talked about it. The NT got really excited when the current ALP government was...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

Blak Out at the Sydney Festival

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.12.18

Has Sydney ever had such a political Artistic Director for its annual fun-fest? But then, is it possible to be an Aboriginal artistic leader and not be political??? Wesley Enoch doesn't make a great fuss about his ancestry – shared,...» 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

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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