CIAF Sets Records

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.08.18

Sunshine filled days and starlit skies drew the crowds and community together for last month’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), capping off its ninth successful iteration with record breaking success. In releasing CIAF’s sales figures, general manager Vanessa Gillen said that while attendance and participation are important benchmarks, it is the commercial outcomes generated by the Art Fair, Art Market and satellite exhibitions that are fundamental, supporting the artists and art centres that produce the work. “In our nine-year history we are proud to have generated $6.7 million in art sales which has been returned to the artistic community to further their practice. Added to this is the fact that works are acquired by curators to join the collections of museums, art galleries and institutions both at home and overseas”. This year's exclusive Collectors & Curators’ Program had a new partner, Coral Expeditions, one of Australia’s leading expedition cruise companies. “CIAF has become a source of quality art work for both curators and collectors and this is heartening because it underpins the quality, diversity and depth of Queensland’s Indigenous art movement while taking it to global audience,” Ms Gillen said. “This year’s overall result of $887,000 is an increase of 15 per cent compared against last year’s result of $763,000.” In 2018, sales from CIAF’s Art Fair and Art Market reached $665,715 (compared to last year’s $589,182) while takings from art sold at satellite exhibitions also increased from last year’s figure of $34,562 to $53,917. When it closed on Sunday 15 July after almost a week of events, CIAF 2018 had attracted an overall audience of more than 45,000, on par with previous years. CIAF’s artistic director Janina Harding said the feedback from this year’s event has been outstanding and there has been much praise for the program comprising six» Read More

 

SCHIZOPHRENIA OF THE COLONISED

SCHIZOPHRENIA OF THE COLONISED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.08.18

Dance is a wonderfully abstract medium which can allow for a myriad of interpretations. But, aided by the persuasive writing in the program for 'Le Denier Appel' (The Last Cry) at Carriageworks only until tomorrow, I read the impassioned and...» Read More

 

The Politics of Art in Darwin

The Politics of Art in Darwin

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.08.18

One of the factors that makes Darwin such a dynamic place to be during the August week of the Telstra NATSIAAs is that so many of Indigenous art's key players gather there, to top up on the art and artists...» Read More

 

NATSIAAS 2018

NATSIAAS 2018

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 09.08.18

When a tsunami comes your way, all you can do is head for higher ground very fast. This year's Telstra NATSIA Awards have been hit by the Buku Tsunami – which has been a long time coming. No less than...» Read More

 

A SENSE OF PLACE

A SENSE OF PLACE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.08.18

“The crow djang has two navels”, declares the artist in the didactic accompanying one of the 165 barks, sculptures and lorrkons in the marvellous, career-spanning exhibition of the work of Johnny Mawurndjul – aka Balang Nakurulk. It's a mysterious statement...» Read More

 

The Long Forgotten Dream

The Long Forgotten Dream

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.07.18

The world premier of this play by a writer unknown to me but given the imprimature of Neil Armfield's decision to direct it for the Sydney Theatre Company raised mighty expectations. For Armfield has credentials in the Indigenous area –...» Read More

 

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.06.18

A lengthy article appeared in a recent issue of The Australian's Review supplement announcing that old Aboriginal barks were setting out to tour China, but also featuring heavily a jolly Chinese comedian. It appears that he is the cultural ambassador...» Read More

 

DIGITAL CODES

DIGITAL CODES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.06.18

The Australian Government this week announced that it will commit $150,000 to a pilot program to test digital codes to label authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander products. The move is the latest step in the fight against inauthentic Indigenous...» Read More

 

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CIAF Sets Records

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.08.18

Sunshine filled days and starlit skies drew the crowds and community together for last month’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), capping off its ninth successful iteration with record breaking success. In releasing CIAF’s sales figures, general manager Vanessa Gillen said...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

The Politics of Art in Darwin

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.08.18

One of the factors that makes Darwin such a dynamic place to be during the August week of the Telstra NATSIAAs is that so many of Indigenous art's key players gather there, to top up on the art and artists...» Read More

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The Late Mary Macha

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.11.17

Somehow, the Aboriginal Art Directory failed to report the death in March of a woman of great importance in the development of Aboriginal art – Mary Macha. She grew from a West Australian job in the State's Native Welfare Department...» Read More

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Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» Read More

 

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