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

ON & OFF IN ABORIGINAL ART

ON & OFF IN ABORIGINAL ART

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.04.20

We do need an uplift at this trying time of our lives. First Nations art and its artist creators are no different. So, credits go to Dallas Gold of, as far as I can tell, the still-open Raft Gallery in...» Read More

Marginally Good News

Marginally Good News

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 10.04.20

In the shadows of the A$130 billion JobKeeper funding that emerged from Parliament on Thursday, a tiny amount of $27 million was added for the arts. $7m of that is dedicated to First Nations artists. In a statement that morning,...» Read More

Nothing Revealed

Nothing Revealed

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.04.20

From the Editor in the interests of full disclosure: The Australian Government funds Art Centres, and indeed, Revealed. The actual amounts are listed in a post from last year, Funding for Indigenous Art. The cancellation of the hugely successful 2020...» Read More

Kulinmaya! - Keep Listening!

Kulinmaya! - Keep Listening!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.04.20

Is there anything new under the sun??? I imagine that the late Mumu Muke Williams would have been well aware that there wasn't. And I'm beginning to think likewise having discovered that Williams's very special book – 'Kulinmaya! - 'Keep...» Read More

CIAF 2020

CIAF 2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.04.20

It's been a trying 3 months for us all – perhaps none more so than the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, CIAF. In January we learnt: “Following last year’s watershed 10th-anniversary celebration, CIAF will return in July 2020 with a contemporary,...» Read More

NATSIAA Pre-Selections Revealed

NATSIAA Pre-Selections Revealed

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 23.04.20

It's the time of year for excitement and despair amongst the Indigenous art-making community as the Museum Art Gallery of the NT (MAGNT) announces its selection for the big Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. 67 Aboriginal...» Read More

Mrs Ngallametta

Mrs Ngallametta

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 24.04.20

One of Australia’s most successful Indigenous artists, Mavis Ngallametta, has a wonderful tribute show just opened at the Queensland Art Gallery, a little over a year after she died aged 75. Ngallametta died on her Country, Aurukun, as she had...» Read More

Cooked???

Cooked???

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.04.20

Today it's all about Captain Cook – though it may have been yesterday as the Botany Bay/Kamay Memorial of his landing dates it as 28th April; and, of course, he was but a Lieutenant at the time. But what an...» Read More

May, 2020

Boomerang Back to the Start

Boomerang Back to the Start

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 07.05.20

Bad news (in a time of almost exclusively bad news); hopes for a law that would have made amendments to the Australian Consumer Law to ban the sale or supply of Indigenous ‘style’ products unless they were produced by or...» Read More

BIDYADANGA CLOSE-UP

BIDYADANGA CLOSE-UP

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 11.05.20

In 1999, a young Daniel Walbidi entered Short St Gallery in Broome. He shyly declared that he lived out at Bidyadanga, a coastal Aboriginal Community 180 kilometres south of Broome, and that he would like to become an artist. Daniel...» Read More

'Truganini – Journey Through the Apocalypse'

'Truganini – Journey Through the Apocalypse'

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.05.20

“In doleful monochrome, they seemed so desolate I couldn't bear to look at them. It was a melancholic requiem for the disappeared that reeked of regret without responsibility”. Author Cassandra Pybus is describing photographs of “the last Tasmanians” in Hobart's...» Read More

COOKED 2

COOKED 2

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.05.20

I celebrated the Cook 250th earlier on this site with a delicately balanced piece attempting to find a line between those that see him as a founding father of contemporary Australia and those who see only the man who claimed...» Read More

The War in Mparntwe

The War in Mparntwe

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.05.20

Do we have a solution or do we have war in Alice Springs over the long-contended National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG)? The NT Labor Government has finally stamped its feet, in the fighting words of Tourism and Arts Minister, Lauren...» Read More

Media Muddles Aboriginal Politics

Media Muddles Aboriginal Politics

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.05.20

A fascinating study of 45 years' media coverage of important Indigenous issues, beginning with the Larrakia Petition in 1972, concludes that, at last, “Aboriginal people appear to be effectively shaping the media discourse on Aboriginal issues”. But it's been a...» Read More

First Nations Arts Awards

First Nations Arts Awards

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.05.20

The annual recognition of cultural heroes in the Indigenous world took place online tonight as COVID denied the event its usual physical form in the Sydney Opera House. It also took on board the new normal in nomenclature for the...» Read More

The Beach

The Beach

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 31.05.20

No, not Leonardo DiCaprio in Thailand or Ava Gardner 'On the Beach' in Melbourne as the world ends – nothing as exciting as that! Just a blackly hirsute Warwick Thornton on a patch of sand somewhere north of Broome in...» Read More

June, 2020

RIP Malu Gurruwiwi – Custodian of the Banumbirr

RIP Malu Gurruwiwi – Custodian of the Banumbirr

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.06.20

It is with great sadness that the Vivien Anderson Gallery has announced the passing of Malu Gurruwiwi, custodian of the Banumbirr - Morning Star ceremony. He lived from1942 to 2020 as a proud member of the Galpu and Djapu Clans.  ...» Read More

“An Archive of the Industry”

“An Archive of the Industry”

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.06.20

Incredibly this is my 600th report, critique, commentary or essay for Aboriginal Art Directory. It all began in 2007 when the site was set up privately to assist remote art centres enter the digital market for their artists' product. At...» Read More

ARTISTS HONOURED

ARTISTS HONOURED

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.06.20

The Queens Birthday Honours may have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons – too many politicians going “over and beyond” in backstabbing and power-grabbing, for instance – but it's been a bonza year for remote First Nations artists...» Read More

ONLINE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

ONLINE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 09.06.20

In a foreshortened and online film festival, the normal Sydney winter feast is a comparatively muted affair this year as a result of the COVID crisis. Sadly, only two First Nations films have made the cut, two docos that tackle...» Read More

The Gambay Language Map

The Gambay Language Map

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 19.06.20

Ever wanted to speak just a little of the language of the artists who created your artworks? Or even just to find out what language or languages they do actually communicate in? Well, First Languages Australia has now developed an...» Read More

Desecration in the East Kimberley

Desecration in the East Kimberley

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.06.20

According to Elders from the art community of Warrmun, supported by the Kimberley Land Council, sites of cultural significance in the East Kimberley have been destroyed by large-scale granite mining operations, despite breaching Section 17 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act...» Read More

Fashion Goes Indigenous

Fashion Goes Indigenous

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 26.06.20

Everywhere you turn at this time there's news of some new venture in First Nations fashion. The ladies fashion mags are full of it, the museums are leaping on the bandwagon and now, being Australia, we have to have a...» Read More

July, 2020

Yiribana

Yiribana

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.07.20

"The Art Gallery of NSW has long been recognised for the excellence of its collection of classical bark paintings", noted the AGNSW's then Public Programs Curator, Terence Maloon in 1994; going on to say, "It is also regarded as a...» Read More

Kaurna Shield Comes to Adelaide

Kaurna Shield Comes to Adelaide

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 08.07.20

The Federal Government has announced $100,000 to support the acquisition of a rare 19th century Murlapaka (also spelt Mulubakka) shield, attributed to the Kaurna people from the Adelaide Plains, by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA). Minister for the...» Read More

Repatriated Art at Auction

Repatriated Art at Auction

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.07.20

Coincidentally, two substantial foreign collections of Aboriginal art have been returned home in COVID-time to be sold at auction. Tonight, online, Deutscher & Hackett offer the Peter and Renate Nahum Collection from London. And on 22 July in Sydney, Bonhams...» Read More

The Convict Valley – The Hunter

The Convict Valley – The Hunter

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 27.07.20

Commandant James Wallis emerged for me – though not perhaps for Mark Dunn,The Convict Valley's author – at the symbolic epicentre of this history. Have you ever heard of him – or of Wallis Plains, named in his honour, also...» Read More

EMILY v DOROTHY

EMILY v DOROTHY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 30.07.20

What a year for the women! Major exhibitions are currently on (with serious catalogues) for Mavis Ngallametta (QAG), Nyapanyapa Yunupingu (MAGNT) and Destiny Deacon (NGV); earlier this year Emily Kngwarreye had significant sales in Sydney and New York on the...» Read More

August, 2020

MR R PETERS 1935-2020

MR R PETERS 1935-2020

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 03.08.20

The outstanding philosophical thinker of the Gija people in the East Kimberley, Rusty Peters has died in his 86th year. This long tall, thin and reticent man let his painting do the talking after he joined the Jirrawun group of...» Read More