Kaurna Shield Comes to Adelaide

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.20

The Federal Government has announced $100,000 to support the acquisition of a rare 19th century Murlapaka (also spelt Mulubakka) shield, attributed to the Kaurna people from the Adelaide Plains, by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). Minister for the Arts, Paul Fletcher said the Government is pleased to support this important acquisition, which is the first shield of its kind to join the Gallery’s collection and one of only seven known examples from the 19th Century. “The Art Gallery of South Australia has a close relationship with the Kaurna community established over many years through ongoing connection with community and an artist-led approach to acquisitions. This shield will be a visual reminder for all visitors to the gallery that they are on Kaurna land,” explained Minister Fletcher. Senior Kaurna Man, Mickey Kumatpi O'Brien said to have the shield back on Kaurna lands is Paitya (deadly). “The Murlapaka shield shows strength in its design, protection in its history, connection to country in its image, and the spirit of its creator in its life. We know the land is the oldest living thing, the trees are connected to this land, the knowledge and wisdom of the land is in the trees,” Kumatpi said. “The shield itself was cut from a tree and its shadow remained in the tree and the shield took with it the knowledge and wisdom of the land, culture and people. It returns to its home of the Kaurna Miyurna – the Adelaide Plains People. And now it tells many stories, when we listen, observe and share its journey and place, thanks to the support of the Gallery.” Barkandji artist and Art Gallery of SA Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Nici Cumpston said the Murlapaka is made from the inner bark of a Eucalyptus tree» Read More

 

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Yiribana

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.07.20

"The Art Gallery of NSW has long been recognised for the excellence of its collection of classical bark paintings", noted the AGNSW's then Public Programs Curator, Terence Maloon in 1994; going on to say, "It is also regarded as a...» Read More

 

Fashion Goes Indigenous

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Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.06.20

Everywhere you turn at this time there's news of some new venture in First Nations fashion. The ladies fashion mags are full of it, the museums are leaping on the bandwagon and now, being Australia, we have to have a...» Read More

 

Desecration in the East Kimberley

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Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.06.20

According to Elders from the art community of Warrmun, supported by the Kimberley Land Council, sites of cultural significance in the East Kimberley have been destroyed by large-scale granite mining operations, despite breaching Section 17 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act...» Read More

 

The Gambay Language Map

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Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.06.20

Ever wanted to speak just a little of the language of the artists who created your artworks? Or even just to find out what language or languages they do actually communicate in? Well, First Languages Australia has now developed an...» Read More

 

ARTISTS HONOURED

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Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.06.20

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ONLINE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

ONLINE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.06.20

In a foreshortened and online film festival, the normal Sydney winter feast is a comparatively muted affair this year as a result of the COVID crisis. Sadly, only two First Nations films have made the cut, two docos that tackle...» Read More

 

“An Archive of the Industry”

“An Archive of the Industry”

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.06.20

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Industry Corner: Exhibition

Kaurna Shield Comes to Adelaide

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.20

The Federal Government has announced $100,000 to support the acquisition of a rare 19th century Murlapaka (also spelt Mulubakka) shield, attributed to the Kaurna people from the Adelaide Plains, by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). Minister for the...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

Yiribana

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.07.20

"The Art Gallery of NSW has long been recognised for the excellence of its collection of classical bark paintings", noted the AGNSW's then Public Programs Curator, Terence Maloon in 1994; going on to say, "It is also regarded as a...» 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

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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