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 be structured to satisfy Aboriginal people by actually talking to them before announcing a detailed go-ahead. Liberal Premier Steven Marshall announced a preference for an Aboriginal art gallery at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site – now known as Lot 14 – over the then-Labor government's choice of a contemporary art gallery. Marshall opined that the absence of a national Indigenous institution was a “significant omission by Australian governments and a fantastic opportunity for South Australia”. But it briefly seemed that Federal funding for a Space Agency on the RAH site had bumped a museum off the plans. Last week, however, Marshall announced a $200,000 scoping study that would inform the “visions and key recommendations” of the gallery, including its size and connection with Indigenous communities. The study, to be undertaken by consultancy Price Waterhouse Coopers, will involve the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the State Library, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and SA’s Aboriginal communities. Marshall said the Government had already begun preliminary discussions with stakeholders, but the scoping study would further refine the size and scope of the proposed $60 million institution – especially “how we as a government can best collaborate with the Indigenous community after the completion of the gallery to ensure its ongoing success,” he said. “This gallery will be the first of its kind in Australia and will allow us to properly recognise and celebrate the world's oldest living culture, which will attract both national and international attention". The study is expected to be finalised by the end of July,» 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

 

#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

 

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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

Industry Corner: Feature

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

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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