Blak Out at the Sydney Festival

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.12.18

Has Sydney ever had such a political Artistic Director for its annual fun-fest? But then, is it possible to be an Aboriginal artistic leader and not be political??? Wesley Enoch doesn't make a great fuss about his ancestry – shared, of course, with his sister who is Queensland's Arts Minister. But he does admit to craving a better knowledge of his family's Jandai language than the rude words and imprecations that he picked up instinctively as a kid; and he now has a family house on his ancestral Stradbrook Island. Hope it's on South Straddy, and not on the North island that's shared with the Nunukul mob! It was hardly noticed by the rest of the Sydney arts press, but when Enoch announced the 2019 festival that's going to begin on 9th January, he made a significant reference to Noel Pearson's recent 'Declaration of Australia'. This poetic, one-page statement is, I suspect, part of a softening-up process for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, whereby non-Indigenous Australia comes to accept not just the primacy of the First Australians but their acceptance of an equality with both the First Fleeters who brought “rule of law, parliamentary government and the Australian English language” and the later wave of multi-cultural arrivals. “When we renounced the White Australia policy”, explains Pearson, “we made a better Commonwealth....showing that people with different roots can live together, that we can learn to read the image-bank of others”. Wesley Enoch sees this embracing harmony of the three stories as a fine basis for a festival in 2019. What could be more Euro-canonical than The Iliad - all of it? Or timely, with a British/German collaboration about Europe stumbling towards chaos? Migrant contributions pop up from Sri Lanka, the Romanian Jews, the Maltese roots of Paul Capsis, a guqin» Read More

 

DUBBOO

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...» 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

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Event

Blak Out at the Sydney Festival

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.12.18

Has Sydney ever had such a political Artistic Director for its annual fun-fest? But then, is it possible to be an Aboriginal artistic leader and not be political??? Wesley Enoch doesn't make a great fuss about his ancestry – shared,...» Read More

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

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
» Find out More

 

 


Aboriginal Art Directory Google+