Daniel Boyd Shines Again

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.12.19

Internationally renowned architect Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates and award-winning Sydney-based contemporary Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd have been chosen to design a new public square and artwork near Circular Quay in Sydney. Based in Accra, London and New York, Adjaye Associates is best known for designing the $540 million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. Adjaye Associates has teamed up with Boyd to design a plaza with a suspended artwork that will sit 20 metres above the ground, providing a new place for visitors to dwell and take respite from busy city streets. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it would be a stunning addition to the revitalised Circular Quay precinct and the transformation of George Street as central Sydney’s main boulevard. “By working closely with developers Lendlease, we have been able to secure this spectacular public artwork and meeting place for city dwellers, office workers and visitors to enjoy,” she said. “The artwork reflects our commitment to recognising Australia’s First Peoples proudly in the public domain. Much like Anish Kapoor’s 'Cloud Gate', I have no doubt that Daniel Boyd’s artwork will become a treasured inner-city destination. “The plaza will connect to George and Pitt streets and a new network of laneways that is being built as part of the redevelopment. It will sit on top of public bike parking facilities and below our affordable innovation space in the Lendlease tower.” Lendlease’s Sydney Place development is at 180 George Street. When completed, it will be transferred to the City as a new public asset. This follows the City’s approval of the adjacent 263-metre high commercial office tower by Lendlease and its joint venture partners China’s Ping An Real Estate and Japan’s Mitsubishi Estate Asia. Chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory» Read More

 

Linear?

Linear?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.11.19

“Linear explores over 60,000 years of creative, scientific and technological development and ingenuity through the stories, content and work from leading Indigenous cultural practitioners from across Australia”. Well, I guess Sydney's Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – better known...» Read More

 

The Auction Time of Year

The Auction Time of Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.11.19

“Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. A number of exceptional paintings (by...» Read More

 

AUSTRALIA'S CROWN JEWELS

AUSTRALIA'S CROWN JEWELS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.11.19

I've written much in recent months about the absence of progress in developing the hoped-for National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs. And, just a few days ago, I discovered and republished a story about the Quandamooka people's plans for...» Read More

 

Re-imagining a museum of our First Nations

Re-imagining a museum of our First Nations

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.11.19

This story is re-published from The Conversation under Creative Commons license. It was written by Kieran Wong, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University. Kieran Wong also consults to COX Architecture, who are the Lead Architects for the Quandamooka Art, Museum...» Read More

 

Going Native in the Kitchen

Going Native in the Kitchen

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.11.19

John Newton is keen that we eat 'The Oldest Foods on Earth', ie Australian Indigenous foods, grown (sometimes cultivated), cooked and tasted here for up to 60,000 years. He's so keen that his 2016 book of that name on the...» Read More

 

Emu Runner

Emu Runner

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.11.19

So, pretty much wherever you look these days, there's an Aboriginal film or TV series. Last year's AACT Awards hailed Warwick Thornton's 'Sweet Country' in just about all major creative categories. And Best TV Drama Series was the Ivan Sen...» Read More

 

Cultural Momentum

Cultural Momentum

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.11.19

I never thought my first live sighting of and listening to the great Chinese/American cellist and social activist, Yo-Yo-Ma would be in the great open void beneath Barangaroo Park. But that's what happened this morning as he passed swiftly through...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

Linear?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.11.19

“Linear explores over 60,000 years of creative, scientific and technological development and ingenuity through the stories, content and work from leading Indigenous cultural practitioners from across Australia”. Well, I guess Sydney's Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences – better known...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

The Auction Time of Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.11.19

“Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. A number of exceptional paintings (by...» Read More

Events: Event

The Auction Time of Year

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 28.11.19

“Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. A number of exceptional paintings (by...» Read More

Events: Event

AUSTRALIA'S CROWN JEWELS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.11.19

I've written much in recent months about the absence of progress in developing the hoped-for National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs. And, just a few days ago, I discovered and republished a story about the Quandamooka people's plans for...» Read More

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

FIBRE ALCHEMY

02.10.19 FIBRE ALCHEMY
The Goods Shed, Claremont, Perth, WA
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