DUBBOO

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.12.18

This was undoubtedly the most self-indulgent show that one might ever experience from a Major Performing Art Group company! Navel-gazing (and showing) wasn't in it as Bangarra celebrated the life and work of the man who conjured twenty seven scores for its dancers – Roy David 'Dubboo' Page. And why not? Mourning for his untimely death in 2016 is over. Respect, joy – bordering on hysteria – is timely. Though I have to say that, for me, the first half of respect for his creativity was more powerful than the glittering second half when the full-breadth of his career as a performer was on offer, and then multiplied to excess by the 18 dancers and two drag artistes who paid tribute to David Page's own showoffmanship. And we got it all, from the Page family barbies where his sisters discovered an early penchant for wearing their clothes and a capacity for unselfconscious entertainment that would lead to a contract with Atlantic Records in his early teens as Little Davy Page. A breaking voice may have brought that to an end – though he clearly relished kicking Hoges in the shins en route – but the continuing delight with which he could throw on a wig, leap on a table and simply perform will be familiar to anyone who caught one of the many return productions of his (and Louis Nowra's) autobiographical show, 'Page 8' – his number in the extended family hierarchy. A sub-set of that hierarchy is Hunter Page-Lochard – Stephen Page's son, an increasingly familiar face from TV shows like 'Cleverman', and, just possibly, David's godson. He clearly saw the second half of 'Dubboo' as a glorious opportunity to transgress as his uncle had done as Davina Cha Cha, though, arguably, he appeared just a couple of time» Read More

 

Remote Arts Workers at UniMelb

Remote Arts Workers at UniMelb

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.12.18

Young Aboriginal artists and arts workers from across northern Australia are spending two weeks taking part in a ground-breaking Indigenous learning program at the University of Melbourne. It is the first accredited University program in Australia designed specifically for Indigenous...» Read More

 

Introduction - The perplexing case of indigenous art

Introduction - The perplexing case of indigenous art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.12.18

A few months ago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning US critic Jerry Saltz wrote an essay in which he referred to Aboriginal art as "outsider art". He was using this term as a 'default label' and didn't mean it as a criticism...» Read More

 

KATHLEEN PETYARRE

KATHLEEN PETYARRE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.11.18

We've lost another of the first white contact pioneers of acrylic painting from Utopia – Kathleen Petyarre, who died aged 80 on 24th November. Kathleen, or, as she was born, Kweyetemp Petyarre, was one of seven sisters from Atnangker, a...» Read More

 

NONGGIRRNGA

NONGGIRRNGA

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.11.18

In the catalogue for the excellent solo showing of artworks by Nonggirrnga Marawili at the Art Gallery of NSW there's a blissfully ordinary picture of the artist – barefoot below an ankle-length cerise skirt – resting on one of many...» Read More

 

Two Iconic Art Galleries for the NT?

Two Iconic Art Galleries for the NT?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.11.18

How many “iconic art galleries” can one State or Territory need? While the rest of us – especially the online alicespringsnews.co.au – were exciting almost hourly over the chances that municipal and Aboriginal figures in Alice Springs just might find...» Read More

 

Passing Clouds

Passing Clouds

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.11.18

Sadly, a deluge of death has flowed through Aboriginal communities in recent days taking artists, art centre elders and even one of the most significant non-Indigenous art centre facilitators. For instance, the current Hazelhurst Art Centre exhibition of APY Lands...» Read More

 

The Uluru Statement comes to Sydney

The Uluru Statement comes to Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.11.18

With far too little fanfare, a week of action was launched on November 4 in support of the vital Uluru Statement from the Heart, released last year by delegates to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Referendum Convention held near...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Event

Remote Arts Workers at UniMelb

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.12.18

Young Aboriginal artists and arts workers from across northern Australia are spending two weeks taking part in a ground-breaking Indigenous learning program at the University of Melbourne. It is the first accredited University program in Australia designed specifically for Indigenous...» Read More

Industry Corner: Feature

Introduction - The perplexing case of indigenous art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.12.18

A few months ago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning US critic Jerry Saltz wrote an essay in which he referred to Aboriginal art as "outsider art". He was using this term as a 'default label' and didn't mean it as a criticism...» 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

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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