National Endowment for Indigenous Visual Arts

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.02.21

If that name sounds like an official institution set up by some government quango, it is possible that was the intention. In fact, it's the baby of the ever-dynamic Melbourne (and New York) dealer D'Lan Davidson. Though he was beaten to the punch in announcing his offspring by his good mate in America, Steve Martin, the comic actor, writer, and ardent art collector. A day or so before Davidson's Australian announcement, US newswires told me that “Martin has helped launch a new fund to support Australian Indigenous artists. NEIVA is organized by Melbourne gallerist D’Lan Davidson, a specialist of (sic) Australian Indigenous art, and backed by Swiss private equity fund manager and art collector Bruno Raschle”. You will no doubt recall that last December Mr Raschle took over a large chunk of the iconic Kelton Collection of First Nations art for a sum believed to be around US$10m. NEIVA aims to build a sustainable market for the country’s Indigenous artists—both in Australia and overseas —and develop an First Nations arts network at home that includes education for youth and career mentoring for emerging artists in Australia. Following an initial investment by Raschle and Martin, the program’s partners hope NEIVA will generate its own revenue stream from art sales. Davidson’s Armadale gallery currently offers every seller on the secondary market the possibility of donating 2.5% of their proceeds in a Voluntary Resale Royalty, which the gallery matches up to 5%. This initiative has contributed $56,000 back to the artists and their estates, in effect more than doubling the $43,721 the gallery has paid via the Government’s mandatory Resale Royalty scheme. With the launch of the new initiative, the gallery will donate 2.5–10% of future sale proceeds from both primary and secondary art market sales to the fund, depending on the nature» Read More

 

lutruwita apology

lutruwita apology

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.02.21

I'm off to lutruwita tomorrow – though my flight will say it's going to Tasmania. Coincidentally, the Apple Isle has been in the news this week because an official apology was made to the First Peoples of lutruita about the...» Read More

 

SONGSPIRALS TWIST AROUND SONGLINES

SONGSPIRALS TWIST AROUND SONGLINES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 17.02.21

Artist Paul Klee is famous for saying that drawing was like 'taking a line for a walk’. Can you take a song for a walk? English writer Bruce Chatwin seemed to think so after a fleeting visit to our deserts...» Read More

 

FIRESTARTER

FIRESTARTER

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.02.21

This film is so much more than a dance film – which is what most followers of Bangarra Dance Theatre might expect. There are, after all, 31 years of its productions and dancers to celebrate. But 'Firestarter's' directors Wayne Blair...» Read More

 

A Design for Adelaide’s Aboriginal Cultures Centre

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.02.21

New concept designs have been released today for Adelaide’s Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre (AACC), to be built at Lot 14 in the city's CBD. The AACC Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG) has worked with the design team from US architects...» Read More

 

A Design for Adelaide’s Aboriginal Cultures Centre

A Design for Adelaide’s Aboriginal Cultures Centre

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.02.21

New concept designs have been released today for Adelaide’s Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre (AACC), to be built at Lot 14 in the city's CBD. The AACC Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG) has worked with the design team from architects Woods...» Read More

 

The Boy from the Mish

The Boy from the Mish

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.02.21

A Young Adult (YA) novel on Aboriginal Art Directory? Well, there has to be a first for everything. And anyone who's read my thoughts upon returning from Griffith's Wiradjuri Festival in October will know that 'The Mish' was capable of...» Read More

 

HIGH GROUND

HIGH GROUND

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.01.21

This film is a 20 year labour of love by Stephen Johnson and the people of Arnhemland. For Johnson began working with Witiyana Marika on a film to go with Yothu Yindi's anthem, 'Treaty', and, since then, has been collecting...» Read More

 

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National Endowment for Indigenous Visual Arts

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.02.21

If that name sounds like an official institution set up by some government quango, it is possible that was the intention. In fact, it's the baby of the ever-dynamic Melbourne (and New York) dealer D'Lan Davidson. Though he was beaten...» Read More

Industry Corner: Event

lutruwita apology

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.02.21

I'm off to lutruwita tomorrow – though my flight will say it's going to Tasmania. Coincidentally, the Apple Isle has been in the news this week because an official apology was made to the First Peoples of lutruita about the...» Read More

Events: Event

National Endowment for Indigenous Visual Arts

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.02.21

If that name sounds like an official institution set up by some government quango, it is possible that was the intention. In fact, it's the baby of the ever-dynamic Melbourne (and New York) dealer D'Lan Davidson. Though he was beaten...» Read More

Events: Event

The Ebes Collection

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.10.20

Back in May 2013, I wrote enthusiastically about the opening of Melbourne's 'Emily Museum', celebrating, of course, the career of the woman its owner, Hank Ebes called “Australia's greatest artist”. As he continued at the time, “There is no influence...» Read More

 

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11.01.21 "Lost in Another Person's Culture”
Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney
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Museological Sydney

09.12.20 Museological Sydney
Chau Chak Wing Museum, Sydney Unviersity Campus, Parramatta Road, Sydney
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