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.com.au – were exciting almost hourly over the chances that municipal and Aboriginal figures in Alice Springs just might find a way of agreeing with the NT Government about where to site the loudly proclaimed “Iconic National Aboriginal Art Gallery” in that tiny town, that same Government in Darwin was announcing a $200m joint venture with the Feds to tizz up Darwin, including building a new Art Gallery in that city's State Square. And when I enquired of the Director of the existing Museum & Art Gallery of the NT (MAGNT) in Darwin, what this meant, Marcus Schutenko told me that this new “iconic art gallery” (another one) was a $90m venture which would generate a net economic benefit to the Greater Darwin region of $212 million over the first ten years of operation. Schutenko went on to say: “Darwin is seen as the world's leading city for engaging with Aboriginal art. Coupled with our proximity to South East Asia, we are uniquely placed to tell some amazing stories through art”. Mr Schutenko doesn't seem to have been reading the Territory's Arts Minister's views on her preference for Alice Springs as “the heart of Australia, (where) the National Aboriginal Art Gallery (for which only $50m has so far been allocated) will become a globally significant institution that celebrates Aboriginal art and culture and create (sic) jobs and economic opportunities”. And I thought only Adelaide was competing with Alice for that gig! But, down in Alice, two and half months after it was announced, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss is today opening the inaugural meeting of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery - National Reference Group. “Based on a two-year» 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

 

Skye's the Limit

Skye's the Limit

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 05.11.18

“At the height of the global financial crisis in 2009, the sale of Indigenous art hit an all-time low, galleries around Australia closed their doors and many artists simply stopped painting because they could not sell their work”, the ABC...» Read More

 

DO WE WANT AN INDIGENOUS ARTS AUTHORITY?

DO WE WANT AN INDIGENOUS ARTS AUTHORITY?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 31.10.18

In a process not unlike the one that lead to the hugely consultative Uluru Statement from the Heart, a year of consultation is about to start towards establishing a National Indigenous Arts & Cultural Authority (NIACA). For more than a...» Read More

 

MAJOR INDIGENOUS COMMISSION FOR THE ASIAN STAGE

MAJOR INDIGENOUS COMMISSION FOR THE ASIAN STAGE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.10.18

The National Gallery of Australia and its longstanding Indigenous arts partner, Wesfarmers Arts, have announced a new six-year, $4 million partnership which includes a major international touring exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in Asia. The exhibition, Indigenous...» Read More

 

Tommy Watson in Sydney

Tommy Watson in Sydney

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.10.18

Sydney is at last getting a serious show of the art of the late Tommy Yannima Watson – the Pitjantjatjara artist who died in 2017 aged about 82. Is it at the Art Gallery of NSW or the MCA? Sadly,...» Read More

 

The Aboriginal Memorial – A Smouldering Reproach

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

 

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Industry Corner: Event

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.com.au – were exciting almost hourly over the chances that municipal and Aboriginal figures in Alice Springs just might find...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

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

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

 

 


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