2020

February, 2020

The Red Centre's Festival of Light

The Red Centre's Festival of Light

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 04.02.20

Update: Parrtjima has been rescheduled to 11-20 September 2020, in light of the measures the Federal Government has introduced to slow down the spread of COVID-19. If you're not busy visiting the fire-affected tourist destinations in Australia - or if...» Read More

WADJUK IN THE BLACK

WADJUK IN THE BLACK

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.02.20

There was a time when Indigenous performance was anathema to the market. Worthy, but not exactly a fun night out! Two Aboriginal festival directors – Stephen Page in Adelaide and Wesley Enoch in Sydney – have toyed with First Nations...» Read More

March, 2020

The Ephemeral and the Ineradicable

The Ephemeral and the Ineradicable

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.03.20

The recent reopening of the Hyde Park Barracks in central Sydney was greeted as a great Indigenous event for the 2500 square metre courtyard was transformed (briefly) by Wiradjuri artist Jonathan Jones into a First Nations statement. Some optimist even...» Read More

EMILY v CLIFFORD

EMILY v CLIFFORD

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.03.20

Who will emerge from the next couple of weeks as the dominant figure – Emily Kngwarreye or Clifford Possum? This pair of the greatest, now-dead Aboriginal artists could not have imagined such a competition; but circumstances in New York and...» Read More

Indigenous Arts Infrastructure

Indigenous Arts Infrastructure

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.03.20

A surprising article in 'The Australian' recently told me that the independent federal advisory body, Infrastructure Australia (IA) was telling the government that an investment in Indigenous art facilities was an excellent idea. And, as the federal government is currently...» Read More

Entries to Blake Prize Closing Soon

Entries to Blake Prize Closing Soon

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 12.03.20

Time is running out to enter one of Australia's longest-running and most prestigious (and unpredictable) art prizes, the Blake Prize. Open to artists exploring the wider experience of spirituality, religion and belief, the Blake Prize engages artists nationally and internationally....» Read More

LAURIE NILSEN

LAURIE NILSEN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.03.20

Laurie Nilsen, the father of the barbed-wire emu, has died on March 6th at the age of 66 from cancer after a 40 year career in art. That is currently being celebrated with a retrospective at his Fireworks Gallery in...» Read More

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY 2020

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY 2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.03.20

Biennales come and go and are often remarkably forgettable. Every second artist – whatever their cultural roots – seems to live in Berlin. The sort of globalisation that has brought us the coronavirus invariably flavours each show – art passed...» Read More

Another Coronavirus Crisis

Another Coronavirus Crisis

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.03.20

As the NT Government sensibly closes off access to remote Indigenous communities in response to the Coronavirus crisis, the foresightful academic, Jon Altman, working with Francis Markham of the ANU is concerned for the financial consequences as well as the...» Read More

Out on Country!

Out on Country!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.03.20

I recently encouraged online art buying directly from community art centres in order to keep the Aboriginal art world from falling in a hole. Here's a splendidly positive example of art centre proactivity in this pandemic world:   In the...» Read More

Arts Activism

Arts Activism

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.03.20

After yesterday's hopeful example of Aboriginal artists in the East Kimberley going 'On Country' to avoid any chance of being exposed to the coronavirus, today offers a potent case of the arts industry standing up for itself - as, so...» Read More

April, 2020

the dickens boy

the dickens boy

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.04.20

In these troubled times, a good read may be almost as good as a vaccination! And the venerable 84-year old Tom Keneally has pretty much always offered a rattlin' good read over an incredible fifty volumes. Intriguingly, his last two...» Read More