THE LOCKHART BRAND IS BUOYED UP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.05.18

I've been a fan of the artists from Lockhart River on Cape York for almost 20 years now – ever since a bunch of giggling girls appeared at the International Works on Paper Fair in Sydney in 1999. This mob, calling themselves the 'Lockhart Art Gang', stunned the crowds with their artistic maturity and technical competence – mainly in print-making. Within a few years, they had painting shows in all the southern capitals, appearing in the Wynne Prize, taking their prints to Slovenia's Graphic Arts Biennial, and featuring prominently in the Queensland Art Gallery's first ever acknowledgement of Cape York's re-emerging art activity, Story Place, in 2003. For the most part, Aboriginal art in any community has emerged from its elders, now finished child-raising or station work, wise in the ways of their tribe and committing that knowledge to canvas while making some money. So it was remarkable that in Lockhart, precisely the opposite happened: it was the kids who were burning to make art (was it an inspiring school art teacher?) though they frequently employed the 'sand beach language' they'd learned from their parents and grandparents in the process. This basically means illustrating the stories told by elders while sitting around on the beach by drawing lines in the wet sand with their fingers. And this is still the process by which the first Art Gang superstar, Rosella Namok makes her point on canvas in paint. She also explains that her father would paint up bodies of dancers with his fingers when preparing for ceremony. Not that ceremonial matters have been the main subject of the art in Lockhart. Those old stories that explain and justify their moiety system do come in; but the physical extremes of life in the Far North also appear through storms, fires, and tidal» Read More

 

THE WYNNE'S A WINNER AGAIN

THE WYNNE'S A WINNER AGAIN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.05.18

It's been a process that's built and built over 3 years. For this year, the prestigious Wynne Prize of $50,000, offered annually since 1897 by the Art Gallery of NSW for landscape painting, has welcomed into its bosom 17 works...» Read More

 

NATSIAA FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

NATSIAA FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.05.18

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is delighted to announce 67 works have been selected from 308 entries to be part of the country’s most prestigious national Indigenous art awards, the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres...» Read More

 

Lynch v Crees in the Race to Develop a National Aboriginal Art Gallery

Lynch v Crees in the Race to Develop a National Aboriginal Art Gallery

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.05.18

Things are moving at breakneck speed in the competitive arena of National Aboriginal Art Galleries! Both the NT and South Australia are holding nothing back in selecting sites, on their respective design competitions for new buildings, on recruiting staff and...» Read More

 

Siena Stubbs' Yirrkala Birds

Siena Stubbs' Yirrkala Birds

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 01.05.18

Young photographer, Siena Ganambarr Stubbs, has published a book featuring photographs that she has taken of birds in the North-east Arnhem Land region of Australia. It is called Our Birds. Siena developed an interest in photography around the age of...» Read More

 

GURRUMUL

GURRUMUL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.04.18

How I long to get to Elcho Island! For this generous, ceremonially dynamic community of Yolngu tribes-people willingly sent out their blind son into the world to promote its culture. There was no way he was ever going to even...» Read More

 

Grants - Closing Soon

Grants - Closing Soon

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 13.04.18

Get your skates on - here's some ripper grants being offered to individuals and small businesses by fantastic companies and organisations, all with fast-approaching deadlines. Indigenous Languages & Arts Grants Close: 14 May 2018 The Department of Communications and the...» Read More

 

ENGLAND'S EMILY?

ENGLAND'S EMILY?

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.04.18

Poor old Emily.....first there was the Qantas plane named after her with an artwork that didn't look like her's, and now Damien Hirst. Much puffing and blowing has occurred since images of the once-YBA Hirst's 'Veil Paintings' first appeared in...» Read More

 

Current Exhibitions


Industry Corner: Exhibition

THE LOCKHART BRAND IS BUOYED UP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.05.18

I've been a fan of the artists from Lockhart River on Cape York for almost 20 years now – ever since a bunch of giggling girls appeared at the International Works on Paper Fair in Sydney in 1999. This mob,...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

THE WYNNE'S A WINNER AGAIN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.05.18

It's been a process that's built and built over 3 years. For this year, the prestigious Wynne Prize of $50,000, offered annually since 1897 by the Art Gallery of NSW for landscape painting, has welcomed into its bosom 17 works...» Read More

Events: Event

The Late Mary Macha

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.11.17

Somehow, the Aboriginal Art Directory failed to report the death in March of a woman of great importance in the development of Aboriginal art – Mary Macha. She grew from a West Australian job in the State's Native Welfare Department...» Read More

Events: Event

Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» Read More

 

 


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