Both 'National' Aboriginal Art Galleries on Hold!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.01.19

What is it about projects to create a national Indigenous/Aboriginal art or cultural centre that seems perpetually doomed? Sydney thought about it for Barangaroo, Perth has talked about it. The NT got really excited when the current ALP government was elected and announced not one but two 'Iconic' institutions for Alice Springs covering both the art and culture, established committees and appointed executives and set aside $50m (which it seems they don't really have!), and chose a site that's turned out to be a quagmire for the project. South Australia, meanwhile, had a redundant hospital site in Adelaide's city centre and a new Liberal government which quickly identified Aboriginal (rather than contemporary) art and culture for a site that already had a spiffing design commissioned by the previous Labor government. But then they were offered Federal funds to start a Space Agency on that very site (maybe?) and seem to have grasped them. No clarity, though – as the website architectureau.com has declared: ”The Australian Space Agency will be based on a site formerly set aside for a contemporary art gallery in central Adelaide, the federal and state governments have announced”. Meanwhile, another source is equally confident that “The deal is designed to drive a globally-relevant centre of innovation and house start-ups alongside a National Gallery for Aboriginal Art and Culture”. Why can't I find out the real result??? And do I have to wait until ex-Ozco CEO Tony Grybowski produces an overarching arts report to the State Government in 6 months time? There's less uncertainty in the NT, but. For the government's determination to establish its gallery on the fairly central ANZAC Oval site – ignoring an advisory committee and the local town council's views – has now fallen foul of local Arrernte Traditional Owners, who'd initially agreed to» Read More

 

Blak Out at the Sydney Festival

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

 

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

 

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Industry Corner: Industry

Both 'National' Aboriginal Art Galleries on Hold!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.01.19

What is it about projects to create a national Indigenous/Aboriginal art or cultural centre that seems perpetually doomed? Sydney thought about it for Barangaroo, Perth has talked about it. The NT got really excited when the current ALP government was...» Read More

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

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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