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 men's work has no fewer than four Kumanara names listed, indicating the recent deaths of Anangu men whose given names should not be used in community. Kumanara (Ray) Ken is, therefore, the first on the list to be memorialised. He seemed to be aware of his mortality when quoted in the Hazelhurst catalogue saying, “I will be resting soon and it will be the youngfellas turn to look after our Country”. The youngfellas tribute to him was to name the whole exhibition after the most frequent subject and title for his paintings, 'Weapons for the soldier'. But then, “he was a leader for a long time on the cattle stations where many Aboriginal men called Ray their manager”, says his nephew Frank Young. “In the later part of his life he has been a leader in the arts....as one of the first men to paint on the APY Lands, and he was one of the men who started the kulata tjuta project”, involving the young men of the lands in spear-making, ceremony and art-making. Mrs (Phyllis) Thomas is another great loss in the East Kimberley. This Gija artist was a stalwart of the all-too-brief Jirrawun Arts movement which involved her in group shows from 1998 to 2006 such as 'Blood on the Spinifex' at the Art Gallery of WA and the Ian Potter Centre in Melbourne, in the 1999 and 2000 NATSIA Awards finals in Darwin, and in 'Women's Business' at the Sherman Gallery in Sydney. Her political art included 'The Escape' in 2000, showing her Uncle Mick successfully escaping» 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

 

Closing the Craft Circle

Closing the Craft Circle

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.10.18

Sturt Gallery and Ernabella Arts present In These HANDS: Mara nyangangka, an exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, tjanpi weavings and punu from the artists of Ernabella, celebrating 70 years of Ernabella Arts – the first of our now many community arts centres....» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


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

Industry Corner: Exhibition

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

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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