First Nations Arts Awards

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.05.20

The annual recognition of cultural heroes in the Indigenous world took place online tonight as COVID denied the event its usual physical form in the Sydney Opera House. It also took on board the new normal in nomenclature for the first time – 'First Nations' rather than Indigenous, or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander – though that term crops up in individual awards. As has been the case in the past two years, the Red Ochre supreme recognition for Lifetime Achievement comes gender-defined – one male, one female. And the heroes for 2020 are Alison Milyika Carroll, cultural leader and, increasingly ceramicist from Ernabella Arts in the APY Lands, and Djon Mundine, the ubiquitous curator and essayist of so much First Nations culture. At the less stratospheric level, Maree Clarke, curator, artist and maker of installations received the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellowship; and fellow-Melburnian theatre and film producer, Lydia Fairhall was the recipient of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts & Cultural Development Fellowship. Thea Anamara Perkins – in line of descent from grandfather Charlie and mother Hetti – takes home the Dreaming Award for an emergent artist, having already appeared last year in South Australia's Tarnanthi Festival and NSW's Archibald Portrait Prize with her urban works. And finally, Wiradjuri non-binary trans person, SJ Norman, who has a terrifying practice that spans installation, sculpture, fiction, essays, poetry, video, sound and performance, including significant pieces of durational work quite naturally took home the Emerging and Experimental Arts Fellowship. Alison Milyika Carroll is a senior Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara woman with four decades of work and 200 exhibitions to her credit. Amazingly, she also has a political life and is the current Chair of Ernabella Arts in her Pukatja Community while also working with the South Australian uber-body, Ku Arts» Read More

 

Media Muddles Aboriginal Politics

Media Muddles Aboriginal Politics

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.05.20

A fascinating study of 45 years' media coverage of important Indigenous issues, beginning with the Larrakia Petition in 1972, concludes that, at last, “Aboriginal people appear to be effectively shaping the media discourse on Aboriginal issues”. But it's been a...» Read More

 

The War in Mparntwe

The War in Mparntwe

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.05.20

Do we have a solution or do we have war in Alice Springs over the long-contended National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG)? The NT Labor Government has finally stamped its feet, in the fighting words of Tourism and Arts Minister, Lauren...» Read More

 

COOKED 2

COOKED 2

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.05.20

I celebrated the Cook 250th earlier on this site with a delicately balanced piece attempting to find a line between those that see him as a founding father of contemporary Australia and those who see only the man who claimed...» Read More

 

'Truganini – Journey Through the Apocalypse'

'Truganini – Journey Through the Apocalypse'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.05.20

“In doleful monochrome, they seemed so desolate I couldn't bear to look at them. It was a melancholic requiem for the disappeared that reeked of regret without responsibility”. Author Cassandra Pybus is describing photographs of “the last Tasmanians” in Hobart's...» Read More

 

BIDYADANGA CLOSE-UP

BIDYADANGA CLOSE-UP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.05.20

In 1999, a young Daniel Walbidi entered Short St Gallery in Broome. He shyly declared that he lived out at Bidyadanga, a coastal Aboriginal Community 180 kilometres south of Broome, and that he would like to become an artist. Daniel...» Read More

 

Boomerang Back to the Start

Boomerang Back to the Start

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.05.20

Bad news (in a time of almost exclusively bad news); hopes for a law that would have made amendments to the Australian Consumer Law to ban the sale or supply of Indigenous ‘style’ products unless they were produced by or...» Read More

 

Cooked???

Cooked???

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.04.20

Today it's all about Captain Cook – though it may have been yesterday as the Botany Bay/Kamay Memorial of his landing dates it as 28th April; and, of course, he was but a Lieutenant at the time. But what an...» Read More

 

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First Nations Arts Awards

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.05.20

The annual recognition of cultural heroes in the Indigenous world took place online tonight as COVID denied the event its usual physical form in the Sydney Opera House. It also took on board the new normal in nomenclature for the...» Read More

Industry Corner: Industry

The War in Mparntwe

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.05.20

Do we have a solution or do we have war in Alice Springs over the long-contended National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG)? The NT Labor Government has finally stamped its feet, in the fighting words of Tourism and Arts Minister, Lauren...» Read More

Events: Auction

Sotheby's NY Inaugural Aboriginal Art Auction

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 17.12.19

The first dedicated Aboriginal art auction in the US by an international auction house was held by Sotheby's in New York on December 13. The sale surpassed its high estimate with 88% of all lots sold and set eight new...» 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

 

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